Replies to written questions raised by Finance Committee Members in examining the Estimates of Expenditure 2014-15
 
Reply Serial No. Question Serial No. Question
DEVB(PL)152
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2544 Will the Administration inform this Committee of:
 
(1)

the funding and manpower involved in land resumption at Choi Yuen Tsuen in Shek Kong and Chuk Yuen Tsuen in North District, which has caused much dispute in the course of resumption;
 

(2)

the total expenditure on compensation, the number of persons or households compensated, the method(s) of compensation, and the highest, median and lowest rates of compensation for each person/household in the above land resumption exercise?
 

 

DEVB(PL)153
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2891 Of the residential sites disposed of in the past three years, are there any provisions on the time limit for superstructure development in the land leases? If yes, what are these provisions in general and have they been violated by any developers or land owners over the past three years?
 
 
DEVB(PL)154
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1806 Regarding the New Development Areas (NDAs) in the North East New Territories, please advise:
 
1.

whether it is against statutory procedures for the Lands Department (Lands D) to announce the commencement of the freezing survey for the Fanling North and Kwu Tung North NDAs when the overall planning of the project has yet to be approved by the Town Planning Board;
 

2.

whether it is against statutory procedures for the Government to conduct the freezing survey ahead of the announcement by Lands D to resume land under the relevant legislation;
 

3.

the revised provision for the freezing survey in the preceding financial year and the expenditure in the next financial year together with the staffing level involved; and
 

4.

the progress of the freezing survey and its completion date.
 

 

DEVB(PL)155
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2278
1.

Regarding clearance of government land – ex-gratia allowances, please provide in the table below the projects and expenditures involved in the past three years.

Financial Year Project Expenditure involved
     
 
2.

The expenditure on clearance of government land – ex-gratia allowances is estimated to be $1,089,000 in 2014-15. Please provide in the table below the projects and expenditures to be involved.

Project Expenditure involved
   
 
3.

Could the Administration inform this Committee of the basis on which the estimated expenditure of $1,089,000 is made?
 

 

DEVB(PL)156
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2325

Will the Government please provide details of the residential sites disposed of in the past five years?

2009-10
Disposal date Lot
- Location
Use Maximum GFA
(Maximum residential GFA)
[Maximum non-residential GFA]
 
Premium Estimated number of units
(Estimated number of residential
units)
[Building covenant expiry date]
 
Current progress at site Other restrictions under Conditions of Sale
 

   

2010-11
Disposal date Lot
- Location
 
Use Maximum GFA
(Maximum residential GFA)
[Maximum non-residential GFA]
 
Premium Estimated number of units
(Estimated number of residential
units)
[Building covenant expiry date]
 
Current progress at site Other restrictions under Conditions of Sale

 

   

2011-12
Disposal date Lot
- Location
 
Use Maximum GFA
(Maximum residential GFA)
[Maximum non-residential GFA]
 
Premium Estimated number of units
(Estimated number of residential
units)
[Building covenant expiry date]
 
Current progress at site Other restrictions under Conditions of Sale

 

   

2012-13
Disposal date Lot
- Location
 
Use Maximum GFA
(Maximum residential GFA)
[Maximum non-residential GFA]
 
Premium Estimated number of units
(Estimated number of residential
units)
[Building covenant expiry date]
 
Current progress at site Other restrictions under Conditions of Sale

 

   

2013-14
Disposal date Lot
- Location
 
Use Maximum GFA
(Maximum residential GFA)
[Maximum non-residential GFA]
 
Premium Estimated number of units
(Estimated number of residential
units)
[Building covenant expiry date]
 
Current progress at site Other restrictions under Conditions of Sale
 

DEVB(PL)157
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2326 Regarding the administration of temporary use of government land, will the Government inform this Committee of:
 
a) the details of government land currently allocated to various government departments on a temporary basis
 
Name of government department No. of sites allocated Total area No. of sites used for over five years Total area of sites used for over five years
         
         

 

b) the details of government land currently let by tender broken down by type of land use
 
Land use
(e.g. fee-paying carparks, open storage, etc.)
 
No. of sites Total area Rent per foot
Lowest Average Median Highest

 

c) the details of government land currently let by direct grant of short term tenancies broken down by type of land use
 
Land use
(e.g. fee-paying carparks, open storage, etc.)
 
No. of sites Total area Rent per foot
Lowest Average Median Highest

 

 

DEVB(PL)158
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2334

Is it necessary for the Lands Department to increase manpower or change the relevant procedures in tandem with the collection of revenue arising from the Special Stamp Duty, the Buyer's Stamp Duty and the doubling of the ad valorem stamp duty rates by the Inland Revenue Department?
 

DEVB(PL)159
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0901

It is mentioned in the Budget Speech that, in relation to facilitating the change of use of former industrial sites into commercial use, the Lands Department has approved lease modification or land exchange applications in the past two years that are capable of providing about 250 000 square metres of additional commercial floor area. Could this Committee be provided with a list of the industrial sites applied for change of use in the past two years, the commercial floor area each site will provide, and the number of hectares of land involved?
 

DEVB(PL)160
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1316

Up till now, how many hectares of government land have been allocated to government departments for temporary use or let out through short term tenancies (STTs); of which, how many are for residential, commercial and hotel uses respectively? How many hectares of government land in Yuen Long and Islands districts have been allocated to government departments for temporary use or let out through STTs, and what are the respective planned land uses?
 

DEVB(PL)161
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1545

It is estimated that as many as 3 834 structures will be cleared in programmed development clearances and emergency clearances in 2014, the number of which is far higher than the actual figures in the past. Why is there a substantial increase in the estimated figure? How many development clearances and surveyed squatter structures are involved? How many squatters will be affected?
 

DEVB(PL)162
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1546

Given the increase of only 3.7% in the estimated overall provision for the three Programmes in 2014-15, why is there an increase of over 15% in the general departmental expenses under Departmental Expenses from the revised estimate of $151,405,000 in 2013-14 to $174,199,000 in 2014-15?
 

DEVB(PL)163
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2537

How many pieces of government land in total were returned to the Lands Department by various government departments (such as the Education Bureau, the Housing Department, etc.) from 2011 to 2013? Please provide a breakdown of these sites by location, area and present use (e.g. vacant, sold, leased on short term basis, allocated to other government departments for temporary uses, being rezoned or having been included in the Land Sale Programme) on a yearly basis from 2011 to 2013.
 

DEVB(PL)164
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2049 On enforcement in relation to country park enclaves, could this Committee be informed of:
 
(a)

the number of cases of unauthorised developments, pollution or environmental hazards in country park enclaves received or identified in the past five years, the number of cases having been followed up, and the numbers of warnings, prosecutions and convictions initiated by the Department;
 

(b)

the expenditure and manpower involved in handling suspected cases of unauthorised developments in country park enclaves in the past five years and the relevant estimates for 2014-15.

 

DEVB(PL)165
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0330 Regarding the changes in the figures of Land Acquisition Indicators under this Programme:
 
(1)

Why is there a substantial decrease in the area of land resumed from 55.88 hectares (ha) in 2012 to 3.9 ha in 2013 for Public Works Programme projects?
 

(2)

Why is there a decrease in the number of property interests acquired from 1 191 in 2012 to 399 in 2013 for urban renewal projects?

 

DEVB(PL)166
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0331 Under Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2014-15, it is said that the Government will step up enforcement against unauthorised structures on private agricultural land. In this connection, will the Administration inform this Committee:
 
1.

of the manpower and expenditure involved in 2013-14; the estimated manpower and expenditure to be allocated in 2014-15;
 

2.

of the number of complaints about unauthorised structures received in the past three years by the following categories:
 

(a)

media reports and complaints by members of the public;
 

(b)

referrals from government departments, district councils and rural committees; and
 

(c)

cases identified during inspections by the Lands Department staff and security guards hired by the department;
 

3.

whether the Administration, apart from enhanced publicity, has adopted a more proactive approach, such as enhancing the risk-based inspection programme, to stop and prevent the erection of unauthorised structures on private agricultural land; if yes, of the details, and if no, of the reasons?
 

 

DEVB(PL)167
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3168 According to the Education Bureau, 49 vacant school premises have been returned to the Planning Department for re-allocation for other uses. Please advise:
 
a.

How many of these vacant school premises have been re-allocated for other uses, and what are the new uses? If re-allocation for other uses has yet to be made, what are the reasons for it?
 

b.

What is the condition of the vacant school premises which have been re-allocated for other uses? Does the re-allocation involve reconstruction and renovation works? If yes, please specify the expenditure and timetable involved.
 

c.

It is mentioned in the Policy Address 2013-14 that suitable vacant school premises will be identified to provide more space for artists. What is the progress of the plan?
 

d.

Will consideration be given to identifying suitable vacant school premises to provide more space for sports associations? If yes, what are the details; if no, what are the reasons?
 

 

DEVB(PL)168
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0338

The Lands Department stated that the number of non-directorate posts will be increased by 101 to 4 030 as at 31 March 2015. Please inform this Committee of the nature of work, ranks and salaries of these new posts.
 

DEVB(PL)169
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0356 According to the Administration, flat supply for 2013-14 (from April 2013-Jan 2014) through lease modification/land exchange was only 80, far lower than the original estimate of 3 500. In this connection, will the Administration inform this Committee:
 
a)

the reasons for the much-lower-than-expected figures concerning flat supply through lease modification/land exchange for 2013-14; and
 

b)

since an annual provision of HK$4.937 million has been allocated to the Lands Department for the creation of eight additional posts for four years from 2013-2014 to 2016-2017 to speed up the processing of lease modification applications, whether the additional resources have sped up the processing time of lease modification applications;
 

c)

what efforts will be made by the Administration for 2014-15 to facilitate flat supply from the source of lease modification/land exchange?
 

 

DEVB(PL)170
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0413

As mentioned by the Chief Executive in this year Policy Address, the Government will introduce the Pilot Scheme for Arbitration on Land Premium to facilitate early agreement on land premium payable by way of arbitration. Will the Administration inform this Committee of the resources and manpower deployed to realise this policy initiative? Please also provide the scale, timetable and other details for the said Pilot Scheme.
 

DEVB(PL)171
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1433

Would the Administration provide a breakdown of the land resumed under the Lands Resumption Ordinance by area and number of sites in each of the past five years? For the 4.03 hectares of land resumed in 2013, where are they located? What were the original uses of the land and what development project(s) will be carried out in the future?
 

DEVB(PL)172
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1187

Given that 101 non-directorate posts will be created in the Lands Department in 2014-15, please provide a breakdown of these posts by post, terms of appointment, major duties or designated project(s) and pay band, and indicate whether the posts are newly created or internally deployed.
 

DEVB(PL)173
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1193

In 2014-15, what amount of resources and manpower will the Lands Department deploy to strengthen land control and lease enforcement work? How much of the resources and manpower will be spent on the enforcement against unauthorised structures on private agricultural land? What are the changes in resource and staffing arrangements as compared with 2013-14? In 2013-14, on how many occasions was enforcement action taken against unauthorised structures on private agricultural land? How many pieces of agricultural land were involved? How many unauthorised structures were affected and how large in size were the structures? How many occupiers were affected and what was the rehousing arrangement? What is the estimated number of such enforcement actions to be taken in 2014-15? How many unauthorised structures will be targeted and how many occupiers are expected to be affected?
 

DEVB(PL)174
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1194 In respect of streamlining and expediting the processing of lease modifications, land exchanges and premium assessments:
 
1.

What are the estimated staffing level and expenditure required for the work in 2014-15? What are the changes as compared with 2013-14?
 

2.

Has any specific target been set for the work? If yes, what are the details and to what extent, by estimation, will the processing of lease modifications, land exchanges and premium assessments be enhanced in 2014-15? If no, what are the reasons?
 

3.

It is mentioned in this year’s Policy Address that a Pilot Scheme for Arbitration on Land Premium will be introduced. What is the progress of implementing the Scheme? When will it be introduced at the earliest? Has the Department reserved any provision and manpower to take forward the Scheme after its introduction? If yes, what are the details; if no, what are the reasons?
 

 

DEVB(PL)175
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2702

Given the failed tenders of the property development projects of the MTR Corporation Limited in recent years, what measures will be taken by the Lands Department in 2014-15 to enhance the monitoring of the tenders of these projects, and will additional resources and manpower be involved? If yes, what are the details? Apart from monitoring, what specific measures will the Government take to prevent similar failed tenders in the future?
 

DEVB(PL)176
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2703

Has any specific target been set in respect of the enhancement of the Land Information System (LIS)? If yes, what are the details? What specific measures will be adopted in 2014-15 to achieve the targets? What are the respective details, costs and manpower involved as well as implementation timetables for these measures? What impact is the enhancement of LIS expected to have on the maintaining of the digital map database? Will the Government provide relevant training and workshops to its staff along with the enhancement of LIS in 2014-15? If yes, what are the details, costs and number of target trainees; and what are the changes in these aspects vis-a-vis 2013-14? If no, what are the reasons?
 

DEVB(PL)177
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2704

In 2013-14, the Lands Department contracted out to private firms the processing of applications for approval of Deeds of Mutual Covenant (DMCs), title checking and related legal work for payment of compensation for land resumption. Regarding these three outsourced jobs, what are the caseload, the average processing time, the expenditure required for outsourcing, and the additional resources and manpower required to take over uncompleted or default cases unacceptable to the Government respectively? What are the estimated changes in these figures in 2014-15? Has the department regularly reviewed the performance of the solicitor firms to which these jobs are outsourced, the outsourcing mechanism and the effectiveness of the mechanism? If yes, what are the findings and the corresponding measures? Is the department satisfied with the performance of the solicitor firms? If no review has been conducted, what are the reasons and will such reviews be conducted in future?
 

DEVB(PL)178
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2199

In 2014-15, the Lands Department will continue to streamline and expedite the processing of lease modifications, land exchanges and premium assessments and to expedite the processing of applications in respect of revitalisation of industrial buildings. What are the details and the estimated expenditure involved? Following the implementation of the streamlining measures, to what extent is the processing time of the applications expected to be shortened as compared with the original performance measures?
 

DEVB(PL)362
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5413

It is mentioned under Indicators that the numbers of surveyed structures demolished on grounds of slope safety for 2012 and 2013 are 13 and 14, but the number is estimated to surge to 50 in 2014. Please advise whether these structures were just built last year or have already existed for years. If it is the latter, why hasn’t the Lands Department demolished the structures? What has caused the structures to become not so safe that they must be demolished this year?
 

DEVB(PL)363
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5414

Under Matters Requiring Special Attention, it is said that the Lands Department will continue to streamline and expedite the processing of lease modifications, land exchanges and premium assessments. Will the Administration inform this Committee of the achievements made by the Department in streamlining and expediting the processing work in the past three years (i.e. 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14) and the specific plan(s) to continue streamlining and expediting the processing work?
 

DEVB(PL)364
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5807 Regarding small houses in the New Territories:
 
1.

How many applications for land grant and building licence have been received by the Lands Department (Lands D) in each of the past three years (i.e. 2011, 2012 and 2013) and how many of them have been approved?
 

2.

What is the number of backlog cases of applications for land grant or building licence? What is the estimated time required for clearing all the backlog cases?
 

3.

Will the Government provide a detailed list, broken down by year, of the lease enforcement actions taken by Lands D against unauthorised building works (UBW) of small houses in the past three years (i.e. 2011, 2012 and 2013), including the number of inspections conducted, the number of UBW cases identified, the number of advisory letters or warnings issued, the total amount of fines imposed and the number of cases involving re-entry of land?
 

4.

How many cases of UBWs have led to cancellation of rates exemption?
 

 

DEVB(PL)365
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5808
1.

In the past two years (i.e. 2012 and 2013), how much time and resources has been spent by the Lands Department on inspecting unleased government land? How many complaints about suspected cases of unlawful occupation of government land have been received? How many cases of unlawful occupation of unleased government land have been identified? What is the area of land involved?
 

2.

How many cases of unlawful occupation have led to prosecutions in the past two years? How many were convicted? Has all the unlawfully occupied land been re-instated? If not, why not?
 

3.

How many cases of unlawful occupation of government land finally became lawful upon approval of the application by the unlawful occupier to lease the land?
 

 

DEVB(PL)366
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5809
1.

How many cases of suspected unauthorised felling or damage of trees on private land were received by the Lands Department in each of the past two years, i.e. 2012 and 2013?
 

2.

Of these cases, how many are found to be in breach of the tree preservation clause under lease? Please provide the number of cases referred for prosecution arising from the breach in each year. What are the penalties imposed under such prosecution?
 

 

DEVB(PL)367
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5810

Please provide in table form the numbers of applications involving (1) government leases granted by way of private treaty; (2) licences granted for building small houses on private land; and (3) land granted by way of land exchange for which planning permission to the Town Planning Board under the Town Planning Ordinance is required and planning permission under the Ordinance is not required in the last three years (i.e. 2011, 2012 and 2013) respectively.
 

DEVB(PL)368
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5811

Please provide in table form the numbers of cases involving (1) government leases granted by way of private treaty; (2) licences granted for building small houses on private land; and (3) land granted by way of land exchange that are in breach of the alienation restriction and development restriction in the past three years (i.e. 2011, 2012 and 2013) respectively.
 

DEVB(PL)369
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5812 Please provide in table form a breakdown of:
 
(i)

the number of New Territories small house cases for which premium has been paid and alienation restrictions removed;
 

(ii)

the number of cases where investigation has been initiated into suspected breaches of alienation restrictions or development conditions;
 

(iii)

the number of cases found to be in breach of restrictions or conditions;
 

(iv)

the number of lease enforcement cases;
 

(v)

the number of advisory/warning letters issued; and
 

(vi)

the number of cases where land has been re-entered successfully and the areas involved
 

 

DEVB(PL)370
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5813
1.

Please provide the number of cases and the area of land the Government granted by way of short term tenancy (STT) for public carparking purpose in each of the last three years (i.e. 2011, 2012 and 2013) in each District Council district.
 

2.

How many inspections were initiated by the Government in each of the last three years to check whether the successful tenderers of the STTs granted have breached any lease conditions? How many breaches were found each year? Was any STT terminated accordingly; if yes, how many?
 

3.

How many STTs for public carparking purpose were not renewed upon expiry with the use of the land changed to housing development in each of the last three years in each District Council district? Please provide details of the lots and the area involved. Have all the sites recovered been disposed of?
 

 

DEVB(PL)371
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5815
1.

Regarding the outsourcing of the management of roadside display of non-commercial publicity materials, will the Government provide by district the names of the consultants, the outsourcing fees and the contract periods?
 

2.

What are the procedures or criteria for deciding which consultants to engage? What are the criteria for assessing the quality and standard of their service?
 

3.

Will the Government approach the consultants for contract renewal upon expiry of the contracts? If yes, what are the reasons? If no, how will the Government engage other contractors to maintain the service in this regard?
 

 

DEVB(PL)372
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5819
1.

Given that a number of private recreational leases (PRLs) have expired and are held on a temporary basis, please provide details of the status of all the PRLs. If an agreement to hold over has been executed, please provide the date of execution, the number and expiry date of the lease.
 

2.

In the past two years, how many PRL lessees were found and confirmed to have felled trees in breach of the land grant conditions? Please provide details of the locations and the follow-up actions.
 

 

DEVB(PL)373
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5820
1.

How much land has been granted to the offices set up by the Central People’s Government (CPG) in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) (including the Liaison Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army) over the past five years? Please provide, by date of land grant, the names of the offices, the locations of the sites/lots, the area of the sites, the conditions of land grant and the land premium involved.
 

2.

Is the Government processing any application for land grant made directly or via the Security Bureau by the offices set up by the CPG in the HKSAR? What are the details?
 

 

DEVB(PL)374
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5825
1.

What is the situation of unauthorised structures found on agricultural land in each district in each of the last three years? What is total area of agricultural land found with unauthorised structures? What are the details and the progress of the follow-up actions?
 

2.

In relation to the above, where statutory orders have been issued to persons in breach of regulations to reinstate the agricultural land or clear the unauthorised structures, how many of the orders have yet to be complied with after they have expired for one to three years, four to six years, seven to nine years, and ten years or above? Has the Government considered or will it consider re-entering the private agricultural land? What are the areas and the districts involved?
 

3.

The Government has indicated that enforcement against unauthorised structures on private agricultural land will be stepped up in the coming year. What are the details of the initiative?
 

 

DEVB(PL)375
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5826
1.

What was the area of land allocated to each government department on a temporary basis in each of the past three years? Please provide the information broken down by year, government department and land use. For how long is the land allocated on a temporary basis?
 

2.

Has the Government monitored the use of the land to see if it is left idle after being allocated to other government departments? If yes, please provide details. Will the Lands Department ask other government departments to return the land left idle for other uses? If not, why not?
 

 

DEVB(PL)376
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5829 Regarding the case of Gig Lok Monastery found to have unlawfully occupied government land for columbarium use since 2010, please provide the following details:
 
i)

How many site inspections has the Lands Department conducted?
 

ii)

How large in size is the government land confirmed to have been unlawfully occupied?
 

iii)

How many land control actions have been taken and how many statutory orders issued? Have all the demolition orders expired? What are the details?
 

iv)

Have all the statutory orders been complied with, for example, demolition of all the structures on government land? If not, what follow-up actions will the Government take? Will the unlawful occupier(s) be prosecuted?
 

 

DEVB(PL)377
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5982
1.

How many private columbaria are still in operation notwithstanding that their operation are in breach of lease conditions or that they are unlawfully occupying government land? In respect of these two modes of operation, please provide the names and addresses of all the columbaria involved respectively.
 

2.

How many complaints about suspected cases of unauthorised columbaria were received by the Lands Department in the previous year? Of these, how many have been handled and how many identified as confirmed cases of unauthorised columbaria?
 

3.

How many inspections were conducted in the previous year? How many columbaria were found to be unauthorised during these self-initiated inspections?
 

4.

How many lease enforcement, land control or legal actions were taken in the previous year to rectify the irregularities of the columbaria concerned? What are the relevant details?
 

5.

Given the growing problem of unauthorised development of private columbaria, will the Government consider allocating additional resources for conducting inspections and taking lease enforcement actions? What are the details? When does the Government expect all the unauthorised columbaria to be banned?
 

 

DEVB(PL)378
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4810

Please provide a breakdown by district (Hong Kong Island / Kowloon / New Territories West (Kwai Tsing, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun and Yuen Long) / New Territories East (Sha Tin, Tai Wai, Ma On Shan, Tai Po, Fanling, Sheung Shui and Tseung Kwan O) / Lantau Island / other outlying islands) of (i) the number of applications for rezoning land for Short Term Tenancy use; (ii) the original use of the land and the change applied for; (iii) the area of land involved; and (iv) the rentals in each of the past five years.
 

DEVB(PL)379
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4812

In the past five years, how many applications were made for change in land use that involved payment of premium? Please advise in detail of the original land use and the change in use applied for. Of these applications, how many were approved; how many were rejected; and how many are being processed? Please provide details of the amount of payment and the area involved in each approved application.
 

DEVB(PL)380
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4814

Please provide a breakdown by region (Hong Kong Island/Kowloon/New Territories West (Kwai Tsing, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun and Yuen Long)/New Territories East (Sha Tin, Tai Wai, Ma On Shan, Tai Po, Fanling, Sheung Shui and Tseung Kwan O)/Lantau Island/other outlying islands) of (i) the number of cases involving compensation for land resumption;
(ii) the uses of the land resumed; (iii) the area involved; and (iv) the amount of compensation in each of the past five years? How much is estimated to be spent on compensation for land resumption in the coming year?
 

DEVB(PL)381
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4827 On squatter control and clearance, will the Administration please provide the following information:
 
(a)

the locations and details of the unauthorised structures demolished in 2013; the locations of the unauthorised structures expected to be demolished in 2014 and the relevant work schedule;
 

(b)

the details of the locations and land ownership of the 3 834 structures expected to be cleared in programmed development clearances and emergency clearances (excluding surveyed structures cleared on grounds of slope safety) in 2014, the work schedule and the expenditure involved.
 

 

DEVB(PL)382
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4828

Regarding the preparatory work on resumption and clearance of land required for proposed new projects such as formation of housing sites and their associated works in Tuen Mun Area 54, and the New Development Areas (NDAs) in Kwu Tung North and Fanling North, what preparatory work is to be undertaken by the Administration and what is the timetable for land resumption and clearance? Given that the planning of the North East New Territories NDAs is still under deliberation by the Town Planning Board, will the Administration “jump the gun” with the resumption and clearance work? If yes, what are the expenditure and additional manpower involved respectively?
 

DEVB(PL)383
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4829

In respect of the net increase of 79 posts for land administration, resumption and clearance work in 2014, could the Administration advise this Committee in detail of the ranks, duties and salaries of these posts?
 

DEVB(PL)384
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4830

Regarding clearance of government land – ex-gratia allowances, could the Administration provide details of the actual expenditure and the projects involved in 2013? As to the estimated expenditure in 2014, does it include any provision for the North East New Territories New Development Areas Project?
 

DEVB(PL)385
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 4837

Please provide the number of cases in which land was resumed under the Lands Resumption Ordinance as a result of (i) breach of lease conditions or (ii) unlawful occupation of land, the area of land involved and the amount of compensation over the past five years.
 

DEVB(PL)386
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5934 Regarding land granted by way of short term tenancy (STT), will the Administration inform this Committee of:
 
1.

the total area of land currently granted by way of STT in Hong Kong;
 

2.

the total area of land granted by way of STT in each District Council district;
 

3.

the total income generated from STT in each of the past five years?
 

 

DEVB(PL)387
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6583 Regarding small house development:
 
1.

What is the estimated demand for small houses in the coming ten years in respect of the area covered by each outline zoning plan or development permission area (DPA) plan?
 

2.

The Planning Department is preparing DPA plans for the opening up of the Frontier Closed Area and country park “enclaves” where land will be reserved for Village Type Development based on the estimated demand for small houses in the coming ten years. How are the projected figures of demand arrived at?
 

3.

In regard to the above, is the projection of the demand for small houses in the coming ten years simply based on the information provided by the representatives of the recognised indigenous villages? Has the Lands Department verified the information? If yes, what are the procedures?
 

 

DEVB(PL)388
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5865
1.

How many hectares of agricultural land in the New Territories are estimated to be resumed this year? What are the estimated administrative expenses involved?
 

2.

Of the agricultural land estimated to be resumed this year, how many hectares are located within the North East New Territories New Development Areas (NENT NDAs) (please show the locations on a map)? What is the percentage share in administrative expenses for NENT NDAs?
 

 

DEVB(PL)389
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4113

Over the past five years, how many small house applications has the Lands Department received? What are the numbers of backlog cases and cases being processed? On average, how long does it take for the Department to process a small house application? What is the total area of land currently zoned “Village Type Development” and “village expansion area”, and what is the area that can be used for building small houses? What are the estimated expenditure and manpower required for handling this task in 2014-15?
 

DEVB(PL)390
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4114

What are the expenditure and manpower involved for inspections to identify any unlawful occupation of government land for the past five years? How many cases of unlawful occupation of government land have been identified during routine inspections by the Lands Department over the past five years and what is their percentage share in the total number of cases of unlawful occupation of government land? What are the estimated expenditure and manpower required by the Department for handling this task in 2014-15?
 

DEVB(PL)391
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4115

What are the expenditure and manpower involved for inspections to identify any illegal excavation on private land leading to development for the past five years? How many cases of illegal excavation on private land leading to development have been identified during routine inspections by the Lands Department over the past five years and what is their percentage share in the total number of cases of illegal excavation on private land leading to development? What are the estimated expenditure and manpower required by the Department for handling this task in 2014-15?
 

DEVB(PL)392
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4116

How many cases have been in breach of the requirements regarding New Territories exempted houses in the last five years? What are the estimated expenditure and manpower required by the Lands Department for handling the task in 2014-15?
 

DEVB(PL)393
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4858

Why is there a substantial increase in the number of structures cleared in programmed squatter clearances or emergency clearances from 812 in 2013 to the estimated figure of 3 834 in 2014? What are the estimated expenditure and manpower required by the Lands Department for handling the task in 2014-15?
 

DEVB(PL)394
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4859

Over the past five years, how many applications for rebuilding small houses or squatter structures has the Lands Department received respectively? What are the numbers of backlog cases and cases being processed? On average, how long does it take for the Department to process an application for rebuilding small houses or squatter structures? What are the estimated expenditure and manpower required for handling this task in 2014-15?
 

DEVB(PL)395
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4860

How many disputes involving rural land (i.e. in relation to applications for building small houses) have been received by the Lands Department over the past five years? How long on average does it take for the Department to resolve a rural land dispute? What are the estimated expenditure and manpower required for handling this task in 2014-15?
 

DEVB(PL)396
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4861

What are the estimated expenditure and manpower for the research, planning and land resumption and clearance work for Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area Planning and Engineering Study, Tung Chung New Town Extension Study and North East New Territories New Development Areas Planning and Engineering Study in 2014-15?
 

DEVB(PL)397
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4865

Regarding investigations into the construction of unauthorised structures in small houses, how much has been spent and what amount of manpower has been deployed over the past five years? How many cases of unauthorised structures have been identified during routine inspections by the Lands Department over the past five years and what is their percentage share in the total number of cases of unauthorised structures? What are the estimated expenditure and manpower required by the Department for handling this task in 2014-15?
 

DEVB(PL)398
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6013 Could this Committee be informed of the following:
 
1.

How many of the 4 076 employees of the Lands Department are on the Directorate Pay Scale and what are their respective ranks?
 

2.

In respect of salaries, allowances, job-related allowances and personnel related expenses, what is the amount spent on each item for the directorate staff and what are their respective percentages in the total expenses?
 

 

DEVB(PL)399
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6014 Regarding the staff establishment and operational expenses under Programme (1):
 
1.

How many of the 2 913 employees are on the Directorate Pay Scale and what are their respective ranks?
 

2.

In respect of salaries, allowances, job-related allowances and personnel related expenses, what is the amount spent on each item for the directorate staff and what are their respective percentages in the total expenses?
 

3.

Please list the amount of departmental expenses and non-recurrent expenditure (if any) under this programme.
 

 

DEVB(PL)400
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6020 Could the Administration inform this Committee of the following:
 
(1)

What were the reasons for clearing squatter structures in the past five years? Please provide in table form (reference may be made to the following table and please indicate what “Others” refer to) the numbers of cases involving:
 
  Unauthorised extension Unauthorised transaction Change of materials Fire/Landslide Others
2009          
2010          
2011          
2012          
2013          

 

(2)

What is the estimated expenditure required for the clearance for 2014-15?
 

(3)

Many squatter residents living in the New Territories said that they were not familiar with the law and did not know they were not allowed to repair the squatter structures or raise the roofs without permission. But the structures need to be repaired or the roofs raised for heat insulation in order to improve the living conditions. In the end they were asked by the Squatter Control Unit to demolish their structures. With the clearance and resumption of the land, the residents were made homeless. Given that the residents are not familiar with the law and some alterations (e.g. raising the roofs for heat insulation) are justifiable, will the Administration review the existing squatter policy, relax the restrictions or deal with the breaches leniently?
 

 

DEVB(PL)401
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5518

According to the recommendations by Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Report No.61 concerning “Direct land grants to private sports clubs at nil or nominal premium” in order to ensure the proper and effective use of the private recreational leases (PRLs) sites, PAC urges the Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) and the Lands Department to (a) clearly define the scope and responsibility between them in conducting inspections on PRL sites and to formulate plans on how such inspections should be conducted on a routine basis; and (b) draw up a set of assessment guidelines to ensure that only a reasonable proportion of the land on the PRL sites will be used for social and ancillary facilities. Will the Administration inform this Committee the Lands Department’s work plan for the two tasks for 2014 with the provision and manpower to be deployed and the estimated date of completion of the two tasks? On the other hand, how will the Lands Department collaborate with HAB to facilitate the two tasks?
 

DEVB(PL)402
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5161

Could the Administration explain why the number of cases of lease modifications, exchanges and extensions decreased from 119 in 2012 to 91 in 2013 while the number of flats for the same period decreased from 6 864 to 929? Was there any effect on the expenditure?
 

DEVB(PL)403
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5162 In 2014-15, the Lands Department will continue to streamline and expedite the processing of lease modifications, land exchanges and premium assessments. Will the Administration inform this Committee:
 
(1)

of the average time and expenditure required for processing lease modifications, land exchanges and premium assessments; and
 

(2)

whether any target, including the average time and expenditure required, has been set for streamlining and expediting the processing of lease modification, land exchanges and premium assessments? If yes, what are the details; if no, what are the reasons?
 

 

DEVB(PL)404
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5163 In 2014-15, the Lands Department will expedite the processing of applications in respect of revitalisation of industrial buildings. Will the Administration inform this Committee:
 
(1)

of the average time and expenditure required for processing applications for revitalisation of industrial buildings; and
 

(2)

whether any target, including the average time and expenditure required, has been set for expediting the processing of these applications? If yes, what are the details; if no, what are the reasons?
 

 

DEVB(PL)405
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5164

The Secretary for Development has recently criticised the MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL) for failing to tender out any project in the past three years and hence affecting the supply of residential properties in Hong Kong. As the Lands Department indicates that it will monitor the tenders of property development projects of the Urban Renewal Authority and the MTRCL in 2014-15, could this Committee be informed of the ways to effectively monitor and facilitate the tendering of these projects and the estimated expenditure to be involved?
 

DEVB(PL)406
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5165 In 2014-15, the Lands Department will continue to expedite the approval of legal title of former owners and preparation of compensation documents in respect of private land resumed under various infrastructure projects. In this connection, will the Administration inform this Committee:
 
(1)

of the average time and expenditure required for handling this task; and
 

(2)

whether any target, including the average time and expenditure required, has been set for expediting this task? If yes, what are the details; if no, what are the reasons?
 

 

DEVB(PL)407
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4722

Regarding the engagement of agency workers, please provide the following information:
 

 

2013-14
(the latest position)

Number of contracts with employment agencies

(  )

Contract sum paid to each employment agency

(  )
Duration of service of each employment agency  (  )
Number of agency workers (  )
Details of the positions held by agency workers (  )

Monthly salary range of agency workers
● $30,001 or above
● $16,001 to $30,000
● $8,001 to $16,000
● $6,501 to $8,000
● $6,240 to $6,500
● below $6,240


(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )

Length of service of agency workers
● over 15 years
● 10 to 15 years
● 5 to 10 years
● 3 to 5 years
● 1 to 3 years
● under 1 year


(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )
Percentage of agency workers against the total number of staff in the Department (  )
Percentage of payments to employment agencies against total staff costs of the Department (  )
Number of workers who received severance payment/long service payment/contract gratuity (  )
Amount of severance payment/long service payment/contract gratuity paid (  )
Number of workers with severance payment/long service payment offset by or contract gratuity calculated from the accrued benefits attributable to employer’s contributions to MPF (  )
Amount of severance payment/long service payment offset by or contract gratuity calculated from the accrued benefits attributable to employer’s contributions to MPF (  )
Number of workers with paid meal break
Number of workers without paid meal break
 
(  )
(  )
Number of workers working 5 days per week
Number of workers working 6 days per week
 
(  )
(  )

( ) Change in percentage as compared with 2012-13
 

DEVB(PL)408
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4723

Regarding the engagement of outsourced workers, please provide the following information:

   
  2013-14
(the latest position)
 

Number of outsourced service contracts

(  )

Total payments to outsourced service providers

(  )

Duration of service of each outsourced service provider

(  )

Number of outsourced workers engaged through outsourced service providers

(  )

Details of the positions held by outsourced workers (e.g. customer service, property management, security, cleansing and information technology)

 

Monthly salary range of outsourced workers
● $30,001 or above
● $16,001 - $30,000
● $8,001 - $16,000
● $6,501 - $8,000
● $6,240 to $6,500
● below $6,240


(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )

Length of service of outsourced workers
● over 15 years

● 10 to 15 years
● 5 to 10 years
● 3 to 5 years
● 1 – 3 years
● under 1 year


(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )
Percentage of outsourced workers against the total number of staff in the Department (  )
Percentage of payments to outsourced service providers against the total staff costs of the Department (  )
Number of workers who received severance payment/long service payment/contract gratuity (  )
Amount of severance payment/long service payment/contract gratuity paid (  )
Number of workers with severance payment/long service payment offset by or contract gratuity calculated from the accrued benefits attributable to employer’s contributions to MPF (  )
Amount of severance payment/long service payment offset by or contract gratuity calculated from the accrued benefits attributable to employer’s contributions to MPF (  )
Number of workers with paid meal break
Number of workers without paid meal break
(  )
(  )
Number of workers working 5 days per week
Number of workers working 6 days per week
(  )
(  )

  ( ) Change in percentage as compared with 2012-13
 

DEVB(PL)409
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4724

Regarding the employment of non-civil service contract (NCSC) staff, please provide the following information:

   
  2013-14
(the latest position)
 

Number of NCSC staff

(  )

Details of the positions held by NCSC staff

(  )

Payroll costs of NCSC staff

(  )

Monthly salary range of NCSC staff
● $30,001 or above
● $16,001 - $30,000
● $8,001 - $16,000
● $6,501 - $8,000
● $6,240 to $6,500
● below $6,240


(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )

Length of service of NCSC staff
● over 15 years

● 10 to 15 years
● 5 to 10 years
● 3 to 5 years
● 1 – 3 years
● under 1 year


(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )
(  )
Number of NCSC staff successfully appointed as civil servants (  )
Percentage of NCSC staff against the total number of staff in the Department (  )
Percentage of staff costs for NCSC staff against the total staff costs of the Department (  )
Number of NCSC staff who received severance payment/long service payment/contract gratuity (  )
Amount of severance payment/long service payment/contract gratuity paid (  )
Number of NCSC staff with severance payment/long service payment/contract gratuity offsetting by the accrued benefits attributable to employer’s contributions to Mandatory Provident Fund (  )
Amount of severance payment/long service payment/contract gratuity offsetting by the accrued benefits attributable to employer’s contributions to Mandatory Provident Fund (  )
Number of NCSC staff with paid meal break
Number of NCSC staff without paid meal break
(  )
(  )
Number of NCSC staff working 5 days per week
Number of NCSC staff working 6 days per week
(  )

(  )

  ( ) Change in percentage as compared with 2012-13
 

DEVB(PL)410
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5281

What is the 2014-15 estimate for the Lands Department’s duty visits to and exchanges with the Mainland? Please provide the themes of such duty visits and exchanges planned for 2014-15. How will the Administration prevent activities irrelevant to official duties from taking place during duty visits outside Hong Kong? And how will the Administration prevent applications for revising the visit destinations from becoming a mere formality?
 

DEVB(PL)411
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5103 In respect of government land granted by way of short term tenancy (STT) on Hong Kong Island, will the Administration provide in tabular form:
 
1)

the details of government land used for other development purposes upon expiry of the term of tenancy in 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14, including i) STT No./location,
ii) area (square metres) and iii) original use of the STT;
i) ii) iii)
     

 

2)

the details of government land expected to be used for other development purposes upon expiry of the term of tenancy in 2014-15, including i) STT No./location, ii) area (square metres) and iii) original use of the STT;
i) ii) iii)
     

 

3)

the details of each piece of government land leased by the same tenant through STT for a consecutive period of 30 months or above, including i) STT No./location, ii) area (square metres), iii) uses specified in the STT and iv) the date on which the first STT was granted.
i) ii) iii) iv)
       

 

DEVB(PL)412
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5104 In respect of government land granted by way of short term tenancy (STT) in Kowloon, will the Administration provide in tabular form:
 
1)

the details of government land used for other development purposes upon expiry of the term of tenancy in 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14, including i) STT No./location,
ii) area (square metres) and iii) original use of the STT;
i) ii) iii)
     

 

2)

the details of government land expected to be used for other development purposes upon expiry of the term of tenancy in 2014-15, including i) STT No./location, ii) area (square metres) and iii) original use of the STT;
i) ii) iii)
     

 

3)

the details of each piece of government land leased by the same tenant through STT for a consecutive period of 30 months or above, including i) STT No./location, ii) area (square metres), iii) uses specified in the STT and iv) the date on which the first STT was granted.
i) ii) iii) iv)
       

 

DEVB(PL)413
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5105 In respect of government land granted by way of short term tenancy (STT) in Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, Kwai Tsing and Islands districts, will the Administration provide in tabular form:
 
1)

the details of government land used for other development purposes upon expiry of the term of tenancy in 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14, including i) STT No./location,
ii) area (square metres) and iii) original use of the STT;
i) ii) iii)
     

 

2)

the details of government land expected to be used for other development purposes upon expiry of the term of tenancy in 2014-15, including i) STT No./location, ii) area (square metres) and iii) original use of the STT;
i) ii) iii)
     

 

3)

the details of each piece of government land leased by the same tenant through STT for a consecutive period of 30 months or above, including i) STT No./location, ii) area (square metres), iii) uses specified in the STT and iv) the date on which the first STT was granted.
i) ii) iii) iv)
       

 

DEVB(PL)414
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5106 In respect of government land granted by way of short term tenancy (STT) in Sha Tin, Sai Kung, Tai Po and the North districts, will the Administration provide in tabular form:
 
1)

the details of government land used for other development purposes upon expiry of the term of tenancy in 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14, including i) STT No./location,
ii) area (square metres) and iii) original use of the STT;
i) ii) iii)
     

 

2)

the details of government land expected to be used for other development purposes upon expiry of the term of tenancy in 2014-15, including i) STT No./location, ii) area (square metres) and iii) original use of the STT;
i) ii) iii)
     

 

3)

the details of each piece of government land leased by the same tenant through STT for a consecutive period of 30 months or above, including i) STT No./location, ii) area (square metres), iii) uses specified in the STT and iv) the date on which the first STT was granted.
i) ii) iii) iv)
       

 

DEVB(PL)415
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 5107 On matters relating to private recreational leases (PRL), will the Administration advise this Committee:
 
1)

how many of the complaints about suspected breach of or non-compliance with lease conditions by PRL lessees received in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 were cases of substantiated breach? Did the Lands Department pursue the matter with the lessees in respect of the breach of lease conditions? If yes, please provide the details of each case; if no, why?
 

2)

how many inspections were conducted in respect of PRL in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 respectively? What are the expenditure and manpower involved?
 

 

DEVB(PL)468
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 6308
1.

How many claims for “Tun Fu” allowance were received by the Government in each of the past five years? Please provide a breakdown of the claims by name of village, allowance granted and specific use related to the allowance according to the dates on which they were granted.
 

2.

Has the Government verified whether the expenditure items were cost-effective? If yes, what specific actions and procedures have been taken for verification? If not, why not? How does the Government ensure that the allowances will be well spent and rewarding?
 

 

DEVB(PL)469
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6375

How much was spent on fungshui compensation arising from public works projects in the last five years; and of which how much was spent on “Tun Fu” payments?
 

THB(T)058
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3265

Regarding the change in the figures of Land Acquisition Indicators under this Programme:

Why is there a decrease in the area of land resumed from 2.53 hectares (ha) in 2012 to 0.01 ha in 2013 for railway development projects?

 

THB(T)278
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4863

In respect of railway projectscompleted and under construction, how many residents have been affected and how many claimshave been made in the past five years? What are the expenditure and manpower involved for the Lands Department (LandsD) to undertake work on resumption and clearance, creation of easements and rights of temporary occupation, granting and administration of short-term tenancies and land allocations required for the West Island Line (WIL), the Hong Kong section of Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL), the South Island Line (East) (SIL(E)), the Kwun Tong Line Extension (KTE) and the Shatin to Central Link (SCL)? What are the estimated expenditure and manpower required for handling this task in 2014-15?
 

S-DEVB(PL)12
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S0115

As a follow-up question on Reply Serial No. DEVB(PL)175, has any provision or condition on the time frame for development been included in the land grant for the MTR Corporation Limited'sproperty development projects put up for tender? If yes, what specifically are the details;andhas it been clearly provided that the time frame willremain unchanged or be extended for projects put up for re-tender due to tender failures? If extension is allowed, how will the extended time be set and how to prevent the land sale price from being affected by the extension? When were these provisions and conditions formulated and will they be reviewed and revised? If no such provision or condition has been included, why is it so?
 

S-DEVB(PL)13
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S0116

As a follow-up question on Reply Serial No.DEVB(PL)177, has any review been conducted to assess whether it is reasonable and acceptable for the contracting-out solicitor firms to take an average of 20.98 monthsto process an application for approval of Deed of Mutual Covenant? If yes, what are the findings of the review and the follow-up arrangements?If not, what are the reasons and will such reviewsbe carried out in the future?
 

S-DEVB(PL)14
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S0117

As a follow-up question on Reply Serial No. DEVB(PL)177, has the Lands Department included any clause in its existing outsourced contracts to set the time frame or target time for processing a case? If yes, what are the details and criteria for setting such a time frame or target? If no, what are the reasons and will such a clause be included in the future?
 

S-DEVB(PL)15
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S0118

As a follow-up question on Reply Serial No.DEVB(PL)177, are there any specific measures to improve and raise the efficiency of the existing contracting-out jobs?
 

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