High Tide (November 24th 2015) – Daily political round up

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Gov’t reports on consultation findings over electricity market; INFOSAN holds first HK meeting.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Gov’t & LegCo

Pro-est loses seats but manages to retain control over all district councils
– The pro-establishment camp won 298 seats in the district council elections, down by 13 seats but enough to allow them to retain control over all 18 district councils
– The pan-democratic camp, meanwhile, gained 14 seats more to 106 seats but saw two veteran pan-democrats, Albert Ho and Frederick Fung, defeated
– 73 incumbent candidates failed to secure another term as district councillors while 75 won on first attempt
– Full list of elected candidates can be found here
– More detailed analysis by Harbour Times is available here

Government urged to give concrete plan over electricity market
– Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said the government received about 15,765 consultation submissions over the future development of electricity market, of which the majority backed the authorities’ earlier proposal to lower the rate of return (RoR) of the two power companies, namely HKE and CLP, from 9.9% to a range of 6% to 8%
– Wong said whether or not to introduce competition to the market depended on its impact on the power companies to offer stable supplies with reasonable prices
– Wong also said the government will look into mechanisms that would encourage the two power companies to increase the composition of renewable energy and step up energy saving efforts
– Lawmakers, many from the business sector, challenged the proposed range of RoR given that no explicit commitment for more renewable energy generation and interconnection of power grid was made while chairman of the panel James Tien urged the government to roll out a more concrete plan for legislators to discuss ahead of the actual negotiations with the two companies

Wrong number: Surveillance watchdog slams law enforcement agency over interception blunder
– The Panel on Security will discuss on December 1 the 2014 report recently submitted by the Commissioner on Interception of Communications and Surveillance (ch) to the LegCo
– According to the report, the commissioner received 12 complaints over interception of communications and surveillance in 2014, the most serious one being a law enforcement agency wiretapping a wrong target for four days

Lawmakers meet with Hong Kong’s diplomatic community at LegCo luncheon
– LegCo President Jasper Tsang hosted a luncheon with 24 Consuls-General or their representatives and seven Honorary Consuls in the LegCo Complex after briefing them on the work of LegCo
– Also joining the luncheon were lawmakers Tam Yiu-chung, Paul Tse, Steven Ho, Kenneth Leung, Kwok Wai-keung, Dennis Kwok, Christopher Chung and Tony Tse

Politics (General)

INFOSAN holds first ever Hong Kong meeting
– The International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) officiated its first ever Hong Kong conference, titled “Meeting on strengthening INFOSAN in Asia and national food safety systems”, at the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine yesterday
– The four-day meeting was co-hosted by the Centre for Food Safety of Hong Kong and the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety of Korea and was attended by some 80 representatives from its member countries and organisations