City more expensive for expats Hong Kong has moved up one place to become the world's fifth-most-expensive city for expatriates this year, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2009 conducted by Mercer, a consulting, outsourcing and investment services company. Tokyo and Osaka top the list, followed by Moscow and Geneva. Beijing jumped from 20th to ninth place, while Shanghai moved from 24th to 12th place. Civil service pay bill tabled A bill aimed at cutting civil service pay was formally tabled in the Legislative Council for scrutiny. Secretary for the Civil Service Denise Yue Chung-yee said the bill, which seeks to cut by 5.38 per cent the pay of staff earning no less than HK$48,700 a month, was required to forestall possible legal challenges. No extra control rules needed A Legco committee, after studying other legislatures' rules, has concluded that no new measures to control members' behaviour are needed. The Legco Committee on Rules of Procedure said president Tsang Yok-sing had no difficulty in maintaining order during meetings despite disruption by some members. On Tuesday, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was interrupted three times by League of Social Democrats lawmakers during the question-and-answer session.