The Week Ahead March 30th

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Anthony Cheung will meet with Democratic Party lawmakers tonight. No Council meeting this week as the Finance Committee will be examining the Estimates of Expenditure for the whole week. Development Bureau has cut its spending on land planning for 34.7%.

 

March 30 Monday

 

Anthony Cheung meets with Democratic Party

Secretary for Transport and Housing Prof Anthony Cheung has agreed to attend Democratic Party’s anniversary dinner last month but didn’t show up due to some work reasons. He will have a dinner tonight with the six DP lawmakers and the two Vice Chairs of the party. As a former DP member, Prof Cheung was the few in the Government who agreed to attend the anniversary dinner amid other top officials seem to boycott the party’s event.

 

Finance Committee reviews the Estimates of Expenditure

Finance Committee will continue to examine the Estimates of Expenditure for 2015-16. Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Secretary for the Environment and Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development will be attending the meeting to answer members’ questions.

 

Last week at LegCo, the Government revealed that it will propose a resolution to refute the resolution passed last year in the Council to establish the Innovation and Technology Bureau, and a new resolution for the same purpose as last year will be proposed again in April. The Government reiterated that it is not trying to create a slippery slope by refuting an approved resolution. Relevant funding proposals of ITB will be submitted to the Finance Committee after the Council approves the Appropriation Bill.


March 31 Tuesday

 

Finance Committee reviews the Estimates of Expenditure

Examination of the Estimates enters Day Three and Secretary for Home Affairs and Secretary for Security will attend the meeting to answer members’ questions.

 

The $8.8 billion construction

The Public Works Subcommittee will discuss the construction proposal to build boundary control point buildings and associated facilities at the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai boundary control point at a cost of $8,811.9 million. The proposal will likely draw criticism from members, especially the pan-dems. The Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai boundary control point is a national priority, and is part of the national “12th Five-Year Plan” to bridge Shenzhen and Hong Kong further.


April 1 Wednesday

 

Finance Committee reviews the Estimates of Expenditure

Day Four of the Committee to examine the Estimates. Secretary for Transport and Housing, Secretary for Education and Secretary for Development will attend the meeting.

 

There is a staggering 34.7% cut in the spending on Buildings, Lands and Planning in the Development Bureau. The expenditure is designed for land planning, registration of land, building safety and urban renewal. The planned expenditure is $302.4 million, down for the actual expenditure of $463.3 million from last year and $527.6 million in 2013-14.

 

April 2 Thursday

 

Finance Committee reviews the Estimates of Expenditure

Final day of the Committee to examine the Estimates. Secretary for Food and Health, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, and Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs will attend the meeting.


There is a double-digit growth on the planned expenditure on social welfare (11%), women’s interests (11.8%) and manpower development (13.4%).