Proposal part of review that could see overloaded policy bureaus divided The government is considering setting up a heritage trust to help preserve key cultural sites, in response to heightened public concern about historic buildings following the demolition of the Star Ferry terminal, government sources say. They say establishing the trust would be considered as part of a review of the government's entire bureaucracy during Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's next term of office, which is expected to start in July. The existing set-up of 13 policy bureaus, introduced by former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, has been criticised for imposing a heavy workload on some policy secretaries, including the secretary for home affairs. The review would focus on two bureaus which are considered to have a particularly heavy workload - the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau (ETWB) and the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau (HWFB), the sources said. The ETWB would have its portfolio divided between two bureaus, one on environmental policy and the other on transport and public works. The HWFB would be divided into a bureau covering health and food-related issues, and another on welfare, labour and poverty issues. As for the Home Affairs Bureau, the sources said the government favoured setting up a trust to handle heritage sites. Apart from relieving the bureau of this burden, the trust, as a non-government body, would have greater flexibility in dealing with heritage issues. 'Setting up a heritage trust would make way for more responsiveness towards public concerns over the preservation of heritage buildings,' said one of the sources. At present, the bureau covers a wide array of policy areas ranging from discrimination to cultural development, district affairs to youth development and religious affairs. 'Areas like the racial discrimination, equal opportunities, protection of personal data, and so on will likely be carried out by another bureau,' a government source said. The source added that these responsibilities might be picked up by the Constitutional Affairs Bureau, which is responsible for the Legislative Council, district councils and the chief executive elections. Public concerns about protecting heritage landmarks were heightened by the demolition of the former Star Ferry pier in Central last month, when protesters occupied the site. The protest prompted Mr Tsang to make a commitment, in an RTHK programme, to review heritage conservation policy. Commenting on the proposals, Ada Wong Ying-kay, chairwoman of the Institute of Contemporary Culture, said it would be better to empower an existing advisory body, like the Antiquities Advisory Board, than create a new trust.