Bills in Progress 3 June 2016

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Bills in Progress gives you a quick summary of where various pieces of legislation are in moving to a vote, enactment – or abandonment. Consultations too.

*This will be the last issue of BiP until the LegCo session resumes in September

Bills gazetted

(1st Reading will take or took place at Wednesday Council. Bill Committees not formed yet.)


Passed 1st reading, Adjourned 2nd reading pending discussion


Private Columbaria Bill

To establish a licensing regime to regulate private columbaria operation.

Last Meeting: 33rd meeting on 30th May

Next Meeting: 34th meeting on 6th June

Financial Institutions (Resolution) Bill

To establish a regime for the orderly resolution of financial institutions with a view to avoiding or mitigating the risks otherwise posed by their non-viability to the stability and effective working of the financial system of Hong Kong, including to the continued performance of critical financial functions; for that purpose to confer powers on the Insurance Authority, the Monetary Authority and the Securities and Futures Commission; to make consequential and related amendments to certain enactments; and to provide for incidental and related matters.

Last Meeting: 14th meeting on 24th May

Next Meeting: TBA

Fire Services (Amendment) Bill 2015

To empower the Chief Executive in Council to make regulations for a scheme for fire safety risk assessment, and certification on compliance with fire safety requirements, by registered fire engineers for certain premises and for regulating registered fire. engineers.

Last Meeting: 4th meeting on 24th May

Next Meeting: 5th meeting on 7th June

Inland Revenue (Amendment) Bill 2016

To enable Hong Kong to comply with the international standard for automatic exchange of financial account information regarding tax matters

Last Meeting: 6th meeting on 17th May

Next Meeting: TBA

Employment (Amendment) Bill 2016

To amend Parts VIA and IXB of the Employment Ordinance so that, for a dismissal in any of the circumstances mentioned in its section 32A(1)(c), the employer’s agreement is not a pre-requisite for ordering reinstatement or re-engagement, a failure to comply with the order entails an additional liability to pay a further sum and a failure to pay the sum is covered by the offence under its section 43P; and to clarify, and supplement as necessary, provisions on engagement by the employer’s successor or associated company under an order for re-engagement.

Last Meeting: 4th meeting on 9th May

Next Meeting: TBA

Medical Registration (Amendment) Bill 2016

To amend the Medical Registration Ordinance to increase the number of lay persons on the Medical Council of Hong Kong and its committees; to enable the Council to establish more than one Preliminary Investigation Committee; to extend the term of registration of medical practitioners with limited registration; to change the quorum for disciplinary inquiries and increase the number of assessors; to enable solicitor or counsel to be appointed to carry out the Secretary’s duties in respect of inquiries; and to increase the number of legal advisers to the Council.

Last Meeting: 9th meeting on 30th May

Next Meeting: 10th meeting on 6th June

Bank of Communications (Hong Kong) Limited (Merger) Bill

To provide for the vesting in Bank of Communications (Hong Kong) Limited of the undertakings of the Hong Kong branch of Bank of Communications Co., Ltd. and for other related purposes.

Next Meeting: TBA


Bills pending resumption of 2nd reading

(Bill Committees have finished scrutinising the bills and members will vote for 2nd reading, the amendments to the Bills and then third reading during the Council meeting.)

Property Management Services Bill

Mandatory licensing regime which sets a minimum qualification requirement for property management companies and property management practitioners.

Kowloon Tong Church of the Chinese Christian and Missionary Alliance Incorporation (Amendment) Bill 2014

To allow the corporation to borrow or raise money with or without security.

Chinese Permanent Cemeteries (Amendment) Bill 2015

To broaden the scope of eligible deceased persons to be interred, buried or deposited in a cemetery specified in the First Schedule to the Rules; to allow the burials of human ashes in an exhumable lot; to provide for the power to cremate unclaimed human remains; and to amend the purposes and powers of the Board of Management of the Chinese Permanent Cemeteries.

Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Bill 2015

To increase protection of creditors; to streamline the winding up process; and to strengthen regulation under the winding up regime.

Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No. 4) Bill 2015

To give profits tax concession to qualifying corporate treasury centres, to make provisions for profits tax purposes regarding interests on money borrowed from or lent to associated corporations, and to treat regulatory capital securities as debt securities; and to amend the Stamp Duty Ordinance to give stamp duty relief in relation to regulatory capital securities; and to make consequential amendments.

Securities and Futures (Amendment) Bill 2016

To provide for the incorporation, registration, management, operation and regulation of open-ended fund companies.

Consultations underway

Hong Kong to Negotiate Free Trade Agreements with Georgia and Maldives

Closing date: 6th June

Public consultation on the Proposed Guidelines on Election-related Activities in respect of the Election Committee Subsector Elections

Closing date: 9th June

Consultation on the draft Code of Practice for Employment Agencies

Closing date: 17th June

Public Engagement Exercise on Retirement Protection

Closing date: 21st June

Public Consultation on the Development of Trade Single Window in Hong Kong

Closing date: 12th July

Public engagement exercise for Kai Tak Sports Park

Closing date: 19th July

Consultation on Working Hours Policy Directions

Closing date: 24th July

Public Consultation on the Review of the MTR Fare Adjustment Mechanism

Closing date: 19th August


Future planned consultations