Replies to written questions raised by Finance Committee Members in examining the Estimates of Expenditure 2017-18
 
Reply Serial No. Question Serial No. Question
DEVB(PL)113
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0393 The Lands Department contracts out to private firms the processing of applications for approval of Deeds of Mutual Covenant and title checking for payment of compensation for land resumption. Will the Government advise us of the following in table form:

(1)

the amount involved in the work contracted out in the past five years;
 

(2)

the manpower deployed by the Department to oversee the work contracted out; and
 

(3)

whether any errors or omissions have been found in the work contracted out to private firms in the past five years? If yes, please provide the details of the cases and the amount involved.
 

 

DEVB(PL)114
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0397 Under Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2017-18, it is said that the Lands Department (Lands D) will continue to strengthen land control and lease enforcement work, including enforcement against unlawful occupation of government land. Will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

The manpower for handling the above tasks in the past three years;
 

(2)

How many working days did Lands D take to commence its enforcement procedures after reports of unlawful occupation of land had been received or after cases had been identified during inspections initiated by Lands D. What was the manpower involved?
 

(3)

Regarding the net increase of 38 posts under Programme (1) in this financial year, please list the details of the posts; among the staff members deployed to these posts, how many will be responsible for lease enforcement work?
 

 

DEVB(PL)115
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0159 How many applications in total have been received/how many invitations in total have been made by the Government since the launch of the Pilot Scheme for Arbitration on Land Premium (the Pilot Scheme)? Among them, how many cases have been concluded through mediation? When will the Government review the effectiveness of the Pilot Scheme?
DEVB(PL)116
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2355 Please elaborate on the following over the past five years:

(a)

the remuneration for officers inspecting unlawful occupation of government land and the related expenditure; the remuneration for officers taking relevant enforcement action and the related expenditure;
 

(b)

the remuneration for officers processing “the regularisation of tenancy” and the related expenditure;
 

(c)

the remuneration for officers handling several cases of in-situ land exchange in Kwu Tung North and Fanling North New Development Areas and the related expenditure; and
 

(d)

the number of cases in which non-residential sites were converted to residential sites, the new floor area involved, the remuneration for officers calculating and handling such premium incomes and the related expenditure over the past five years.
 

 

DEVB(PL)117
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2414 Please inform this Committee of the following:

(a)

the staff establishment and relevant expenditure for land sales and tender exercises in the past five years;
 

(b)

updated information on the district area, and address and area of the lots of government land left idle; and
 

(c)

updated information on the district area, and address and area of the lots of sites granted by short term tenancies.
 

 

DEVB(PL)118
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1416 With regard to assessing ex-gratia payments to primary producers in the agriculture and fisheries industries arising from development projects, please inform this Committee:

(a)

What was the total amount of ex-gratia payments disbursed to primary producers in the agriculture and fisheries industries arising from different development projects in each of the past three years (2014-15 to 2016-17)? What was the respective number of applications? Please list the figures by development project.
 

(b)

What are the numbers of applications for ex-gratia allowance being processed and pending processing? Please advise when the processing of all applications is expected to be completed and payments disbursed.
 

(c)

What are the numbers of applications for ex-gratia allowance processed and the total amount of ex-gratia payments disbursed by the Government in each of the past three years (2014-15 to 2016-17)?
 

 

DEVB(PL)119
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1430 Regarding matters on the management of government land, please inform this Committee of:

(a)

The staff establishment for conducting inspections at government land in the past three years (2014-15 to 2016-17).
 

(b)

The figures on unlawful occupation of government land identified by the Government in the past three years (2014-15 to 2016-17).
 

(c)

The respective figures on prosecution by the Government and successful conviction in the past three years (2014-15 to 2016-17), and the highest and lowest fine imposed respectively upon conviction.
 

(d)

The staff establishment for and expenditure on public education and publicity.
 

 

DEVB(PL)120
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2542 Please provide a breakdown of all the actual expenditure on the salary, regular allowances, job-related allowances and non-accountable entertainment allowances payable to the Director of Lands in 2016-17.
DEVB(PL)121
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1530 The Government indicated that 11 606 government sites had been cleared from unlawful occupation. What was the area of the sites involved? Upon clearance, will any developments be carried out on the sites? If yes, what are the details? If no, what are the reasons?
DEVB(PL)122
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1531 The Government indicated that 5.53 hectares of land were resumed in 2016-17. Where is the land located? What is the expenditure involved?
DEVB(PL)123
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1570 Regarding the implementation of the Pilot Scheme for Arbitration on Land Premium (the Pilot Scheme), please inform this Committee:

(1)

of the details of the land premium cases handled under the Pilot Scheme in 2016-17;
 

(2)

how effective is the Pilot Scheme in achieving its planned objectives?
 

 

DEVB(PL)124
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1573 Please inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

In response to the recommendations made by the Director of Audit in Report No. 65 on the disposal of vacant school premises (VSP) by the Education Bureau (EDB), what follow-up actions will be taken by the Lands Department (Lands D) in 2017-18?
 

(2)

Besides EDB passing a list of vacant properties to Lands D, do other government departments have a similar mechanism for passing such a list to Lands D? If yes, please provide a breakdown by government department of the information on the government properties left idle over the past three years, including their locations, areas and the duration for which they have been left idle.
 

(3)

Please provide a breakdown by district of the information on each of the 29 VSP mentioned in Report No. 65 of the Director of Audit, including their location, site area and the duration for which they have been left idle.
 

(4)

Please provide a breakdown by district of the information on each of the 71 VSP with physical possession not delivered to the Government after cessation of school operation as mentioned in Report No. 65 of the Director of Audit, including its location, site area and the duration for which it has been left idle.
 

 

DEVB(PL)125
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2401 Will the Government please provide details of the residential sites disposed of in the past six years?

2011-12

 

Disposal date

 

Lot

- Location

Use

Maximum gross floor area (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 gross floor area (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 gross floor area (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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2014-15

 

Disposal date

 

Lot

- Location

Use

Maximum gross floor area (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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2015-16

 

Disposal date

 

Lot

- Location

Use

Maximum gross floor area (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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2016-17

 

Disposal date

 

Lot

- Location

Use

Maximum gross floor area (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)126
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0370 It is estimated that the total acquisition/clearance costs will be $1.89 billion in 2017, representing a substantial increase over the actual expenditure in 2015 and 2016. What are the reasons?
DEVB(PL)127
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0383 Under Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2017-18, the Lands Department mentioned that it will undertake preparatory work on resumption and clearance of land required for proposed new projects. In this connection, will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

What items were included in the proposed new projects? In which districts/on which lots? What is the manpower involved in undertaking the land resumption/clearance work? What is the staff establishment? What is the related expenditure?
 

(2)

Has the Government set out a timetable prioritising the land resumption/clearance work for the new projects? If yes, please provide the timetable; if no, why not?
 

 

DEVB(PL)128
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0924 The Lands Department (Lands D) is responsible for processing applications for building small houses in the New Territories (NT) and issuing Certificates of Compliance (CCs). In this connection, will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

There will be a net increase of 38 posts under this Programme in 2017-18. What is the respective purview of these posts?
 

(2)

How many applications for building small houses in the NT is Lands D currently processing? What is the respective processing time (i.e. from the submission of applications till the issuance of CCs)? Please provide the information in table form.

Processing time (Months)

Number of cases

3

 

6  
9  


 
Total Cases

 

(3)

How many months at most are spent on processing the cases? What are the difficulties that have been stalling the cases?
 

 

DEVB(PL)129
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3055 Regarding the village expansion area scheme, please advise this Committee of the following:

(a)

During 2017-18, will there be any expenditure involving the village expansion area scheme? If yes, how much?
 

(b)

Over the past ten years, how many hectares of village expansion area were developed by the Government in total? Which recognised villages whose male indigenous inhabitants may apply for small house grants in the village expansion area?
 

(c)

During each of the past ten years, how many hectares of government land were granted to male indigenous inhabitants of recognised villages to build small houses? How many applications were involved?
 

 

DEVB(PL)130
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3056 Will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

(a)

How many hectares of residential sites have been provided to the market by the Government by methods of land disposal such as auction, tender and lease modification/land exchange each year since 2012-13? How many residential flats in total are expected to be built?
 

(b)

According to the progress of land development mentioned above, please provide in table form the “areas of land”, “numbers of residential units to be built”, “dates of lease execution”, “building covenant period in the lease”, “any application for extension of the building covenant period”, “date of first submission of plans to the Buildings Department (BD) for approval” and “date of written consent from BD for the commencement of works” of land disposal from 2012-13 to 2015-16.
 

 

DEVB(PL)131
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0725
(a)

How many applications for small houses were approved in the past five years? Among these applications, how many involved government land? What were the respective areas of private land and government land involved?
 

(b)

Of the above, how many applications in a single submission involved more than five small houses in an adjoining location (within 20 metres)?
 

 

DEVB(PL)132
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0861
(a)

Please provide the number of cases and areas of land granted as at the end of 2016 by way of the following:

(i) short term tenancies (STTs)
(ii) temporary government land allocations (TGLAs)
 

(b)

Regarding (i) and (ii) above, how many respective cases of STTs or TGLAs will expire one after another in the coming two years and what are the areas involved?
 

(c)

How many small house applications received by the Government fell under the second category (i.e. (ii) mentioned above) over the past three years (2014, 2015, 2016)? Please provide the figures on applications received as at the end of 2016 by district. How many of these applications were approved, rejected and being processed?

District

Number of applications received

Number of approved cases as at the end of 2016

Number of rejected cases as at the end of 2016

Number of cases being processed as at the end of 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

DEVB(PL)133
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0891 Please provide a breakdown by district of the manpower deployed by the Lands Department to directly or indirectly engage in processing small house applications in the past three years. How many small house applications were received, approved or rejected in each district during this period?

District Council district

2014(Note)

2015(Note)

2016(Note)

 

i

ii

iii

iv

i

ii

iii

iv

i

ii

iii

iv

Sai Kung district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kwai Tsing district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tsuen Wan district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Islands district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sha Tin district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tai Po district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuen Mun district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yuen Long district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Note: (i) Manpower (direct and indirect); (ii) Number of applications received; (iii) Number of applications approved; (iv) Number of applications rejected
 
DEVB(PL)134
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0892 The Lands Department, responsible for handling small house applications and applications for the removal of alienation restrictions (ARs), possesses information on the background of applicants for removal of ARs. In view of the case of selling rights to build small houses a year ago, the public is very concerned that the removal of ARs may be misused.

(a)

In each of the past five financial years, how many applications for removal of ARs were made within one year of issuance of Certificates of Compliance (CCs) in respect of small houses in the New Territories?
 

(b)

Of these cases, how many applications made within one year of issuance of CCs were approved?
 

(c)

If there is no information on the time elapsed between the issuance of CCs and the receipt/approval of applications for removal of ARs, does the Department plan to collect such information in order to address public concerns?
 

 

DEVB(PL)135
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0894 In the past three years, how many cases of small house applications processed involved land exchange with the Government? How many hectares of land were involved?
DEVB(PL)136
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0895 In the past year, of the approved small house applications, how long does it take on average to process an application? Please provide a breakdown by the time taken: within a year, two years, three years, four years, five years, and six years or longer.
DEVB(PL)137
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0897 Please provide the expenditure on staff in various District Lands Offices dedicated to processing small house applications in the past three years.
DEVB(PL)138
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0898
(a)

It is learnt that under the internal guidelines on small houses of the Lands Department (Lands D), an applicant for construction of a small house is allowed to change the land on which his small house will be built to another piece of land during the application process. Is this mechanism only applicable to small house applications by way of a building licence, i.e. only limited to conversion among private lands? Alternatively, can the applicant change the way of applications during the application process (e.g. changing the applications for a building licence to land exchange or private treaty grant, and vice versa)?
 

(b)

Continued from the above question, how many applications for construction of small houses involved a change in land under application through this mechanism in the past three years? How many applications were approved by Lands D?
 

 

DEVB(PL)139
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0900
(a)

Of the 642 recognised villages, how many villages for which “village environs” (“VE”) boundaries have been drawn up are there currently? What was the total area of VE with VE boundaries drawn up as at the end of 2016?
 

(b)

What is the number of recognised villages for which VE boundaries have not been drawn up as at the end of 2016? Why have VE boundaries not yet been drawn up? Has a timetable been set for drawing up VE boundaries?
 

(c)

Please list the recognised villages for which VE boundaries have not been drawn up as at the end of 2016 in table form.

District

Recognised villages for which
VE boundaries have not been drawn up

 

 


 

(d)

If upon receipt of applications for construction of small houses in recognised villages for which VE boundaries have not been drawn up, how will they be handled so as to be in line with the policy of “land suitable for building small houses is generally confined to areas within VE”?
 

 

DEVB(PL)140
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0901 Under the existing Small House Policy, in general, land suitable for building small houses is confined to areas within Village Environs (VE). (1) If the proposed small house site lies outside a VE but is located within a “Village Type Development” zone (“V” zone), provided that the “V” zone concerned overlaps with the VE, consideration may also be given to such an application. (2) As regards sites within a VE but outside a “V” zone, it depends on the requirements of the land use zone on which the proposed small house site lies. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:


(a)

when the Government started to implement this policy; and
 

(b)

how many small house applications falling under category (1) were received by the Government over the past three years (2014, 2015 and 2016)? Please list, by district, the figures on applications received as at the end of 2016. Among these applications, how many were approved, rejected or being processed?

District

Number of applications received

Number of applications approved as at the end of 2016

Number of applications rejected as at the end of 2016

Number of applications being processed as at the end of 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEVB(PL)141
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1012 There are currently 642 recognised villages. On what criteria does the Government base any addition or deletion of recognised villages? Will the Government inform this Committee of the names of the five villages added or deleted recently and the reasons?
DEVB(PL)142
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1015
(a)

In the past five years (2012 to 2016), for small houses with removal of alienation restrictions (“ARs”) approved, what was the average time elapsed between the dates of issuance of Certificates of Compliance and removal of ARs approved?
 

(b)

Please provide the numbers of staff members in various District Lands Offices directly or indirectly handling small house applications and the relevant staff expenditure in 2017-18(Estimates), 2016-17(Revised) and 2015-16(Actual).
 

 

DEVB(PL)143
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3089 Please provide the area of land involved in the Rural Planning and Improvement Strategy/Village Improvement projects carried out by the Lands Department and the details of these projects in the past five years (2012 to 2016).
DEVB(PL)144
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1256
(1)

Please provide the number of cases handled by the Lands Department (Lands D) in respect of land management, and squatter control and clearance in 2016 in each District Council district:
 

  (i) Land management
    (a) lease enforcement cases
(b) government sites cleared from unlawful occupation

  (ii) Squatter control and clearance
    (a) unauthorised structures demolished
(b) surveyed structures inspected
(c) structures cleared in programmed development clearances and emergency clearances (excluding surveyed structures cleared on grounds of slope safety)
 
(2)

It is said under Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2017-18 that Lands D will continue to strengthen land control and lease enforcement work, including enforcement against unlawful occupation of government land, unauthorised structures on private agricultural land and lease breaches in industrial buildings. What are the details of the work and the action in 2016-17? What are the work objectives for 2017-18?
 

(3)

Regarding the notices issued by Lands D in respect of land control and lease enforcement in 2016, in what ways, how many, how frequent and to whom were the notices issued?
 

(4)

Members of the public suffer losses from time to time by purchasing or renting unauthorised structures on private agricultural land for domestic purpose. How many such cases did Lands D receive in 2016, and what are the enforcement procedures?
 

 

DEVB(PL)145
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2998 Regarding the staff establishment and operational expenses under Programme (1):

(1)

How many of the 2 994 employees are on the Directorate Pay Scale and what are their 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 expenses and non-recurrent expenditure (if any) under this programme.
 

 

DEVB(PL)146
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3026 Will the Government 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 drawn 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

2012

 

 

 

 

 

2013

 

 

 

 

 

2014

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

 

 

 

 

2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2)

What is the estimated expenditure this year?

(3)

Many squatter residents in the New Territories said that they were not familiar with the law and did not know they were not allowed to repair their 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 Government review the existing squatter policy, relax the restrictions or deal with the breaches leniently?
 

 

DEVB(PL)147
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3298 What measures does the Government have to avoid developers from leaving the acquired government land for residential development vacant and undeveloped for a long time?
DEVB(PL)148
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0656 Regarding staff establishment, it is expected that the number of non-directorate posts will increase to 4 134 in March 2018, representing an increase of 55 posts over the preceding year. Please provide details about the posts, their pay scales and duties.
DEVB(PL)149
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0044 In “Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2017-18”, the Administration states that it will “continue to strengthen land control and lease enforcement work, including enforcement against unlawful occupation of government land, unauthorised structures on private agricultural land and lease breaches in industrial buildings” and it will also “continue to implement the Pilot Scheme for Arbitration on Land Premium to facilitate agreement on land premium, and continue to streamline the processing of applications under the leases.” In this connection, please provide the details and targets of the above exercises as well as the manpower and resources allocated for these exercises. How will the Administration step up the relevant prosecutions?

DEVB(PL)150
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0068 The Lands Department stated that the number of non-directorate posts will be increased by 55 to 4 134 posts as at 31 March 2018. Please inform this Council of the nature of work, ranks and salaries of these new posts.
DEVB(PL)151
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3189 At end-January 2017, Planning Department (PlanD) has reviewed the long-term uses of 173 vacant school premises (VSPs) and recommended the long-term uses of 28 school sites for residential use, including public, private and village type development. In this connection, what is Lands Department (Lands D)’s executive plan and timetable to implement PlanD’s recommendations on the long-term uses of the 28 school sites? What is the latest progress of the follow-up work with Education Bureau (EDB) concerning the VSPs as identified by Director of Audit’s Report No.65 and Public Accounts Committee’s Report No.65? (Please provide details of meetings/correspondences between EDB and Lands D concerning the issue since the VSP problem exposed, with understanding/decisions reached in these meetings/correspondences).

DEVB(PL)152
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3249 In his 2014 Policy Address, the Chief Executive announced the introduction of the Pilot Scheme to facilitate early agreement on land premium payable for lease modification/land exchange applications, with the objective of expediting land supply for housing and other uses. The Pilot Scheme was proposed to be reviewed in 2016, after a trial period of two years. However, the Lands Department (Lands D) decided in November 2016 to defer the review of the Pilot Scheme by two years. In this connection, will the Administration inform this Committee:

(a)

the justifications for Lands D’s decision to defer the review of the Pilot Scheme;
 

(b)

details of each arbitration case for lease modification/land exchange application under the Pilot Scheme since its introduction, with the result of each arbitration case and the reason(s) for each unsuccessful case;
 

(c)

Lands D’s response to criticisms against the Pilot Scheme such as the overly narrow scope of the arbitration, the absence of any discussion on how the land premium payable is determined, and the Administration’s reluctance to set an upper cap on the land premium payable, making the risk of using arbitration become unforeseeable as the arbitration result is binding; and
 

(d)

Lands D’s plan to facilitate the use of the Pilot Scheme, in light of the overall lackluster response to the Pilot Scheme since its introduction?
 

 

DEVB(PL)153
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3085 Please advise on the number of small houses and village houses, by district, in the territory and the estimated area of land occupied in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)154
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3087 Please advise on the respective area of land, by district, occupied by small houses and village houses in the territory.
DEVB(PL)155
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1864
(a)

Please list the number of the temporary sites, site areas and locations of the sites currently managed by the Lands Department (Lands D) but not yet let by way of short term tenancy (STT);
 

(b)

The total numbers and the total areas of sites let by way of STT by Lands D in the past five years;
 

(c)

Land let by way of STT by Lands D according to sizes (≤200 square metres, 201-400, 401-600, 601-800, 801-1 000, 1 001-2 000, 2 001-4 000, 4 001-6 000, 6 001-8 000, 8 001-10 000, ≥10 001 square metres) and by 18 districts in the past five years;
 

(d)

The numbers of temporary land allocation granted by Lands D to government departments and the land use of each allocated site in the past five years;
 

(e)

The properties managed by Lands D according to the categories of uses of the buildings in the past five years;
 

(f)

Please list all the sites, site areas and uses of the sites granted by way of private treaty in the past two years;
 

 

DEVB(PL)156
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1808 How many small house applications in the New Territories were involved in the “Agriculture” zone over the past three years? How many of them were approved? What was the area of land involved?
DEVB(PL)157
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1809 Please inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

the number of cases of unauthorised structures on private agricultural land handled by the Lands Department in the last three years;
 

(2)

the number of enforcement actions, the number of structures removed by the owners as required, and the number of those removed by the Government as mentioned in question 1).
 

 

DEVB(PL)158
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1811 What was the area of the land resumed under the Lands Resumption Ordinance (“the Ordinance”) in the past three years? What are the land uses planned or to be planned for these sites? What is the expected outcome of land resumption under the Ordinance in the coming three years? What will be the area of the land and the expenditure involved?
DEVB(PL)159
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1812 Please inform this Committee of the following: 1) What was the number of cases involving retail and wholesale activities in industrial units in breach of lease conditions against which the Lands Department (Lands D) took land control actions? Please provide a breakdown by 18 districts in each of the past three years. 2) What was the number of cases involving retail and wholesale activities in residential units in breach of lease conditions against which Lands D took land control actions? Please provide a breakdown by 18 districts in each of the past three years.
DEVB(PL)160
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1814 How many applications were made for change in land use that involved payment of premium over the past two years? 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? What were the amount of payment, plot ratio, site area and floor area involved in each approved application?
DEVB(PL)161
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1815 Please inform this Committee:

In the past two years, how many applications were received from the MTR Corporation Limited 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? What were the amount of payment, plot ratio, site area and floor area involved in each approved application?
DEVB(PL)162
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1103 What was the area of the land resumed under the Lands Resumption Ordinance (“the Ordinance”) in the past three years? What are the land uses planned or to be planned for these sites? What is the expected outcome of land resumption under the Ordinance in the coming three years? What will be the area of the land and the expenditure involved?
DEVB(PL)163
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1110 Please inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

the area of land granted by way of short term tenancy by the Lands Department by 18 districts in 2014-17; and
 

(2)

the number of cases and the area of land granted by way of short term tenancy for public carparking purpose by 18 districts in 2014-17.
 

 

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1116 Please inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

In response to the recommendations made by the Director of Audit in Report No. 65 on the disposal of vacant school premises (VSP) by the Education Bureau (EDB), what follow-up actions will be taken by the Lands Department (Lands D) in 2017-18?
 

(2)

Besides EDB passing a list of vacant properties to Lands D, do other government departments have a similar mechanism for passing such a list to Lands D? If yes, please provide a breakdown by government department of the information on the government properties left idle as at 31 December 2016, including their locations, areas and the duration for which they have been left idle.
 

(3)

Please provide a breakdown by district of the information on each of the 29 VSP mentioned in Report No. 65 of the Director of Audit, including their location, site area, the duration for which they have been left idle, current condition and expected subsequent uses.
 

(4)

Please provide a breakdown by district of the information on each of the 71 VSP with physical possession not delivered to the Government after cessation of school operation as mentioned in Report No. 65 of the Director of Audit, including its location, site area, the duration for which it has been left idle, current condition and expected subsequent uses.
 

 

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1892
(1)

Regarding the management of brownfield sites in the New Territories and the study on their existing operations by the Government in the past five years, please reply in the following table.

Year

Total areas of brownfield sites owned by the Government in the territory with a breakdown by 18 districts (hectares)

Total areas of governmentowned brownfield sites let by way of short term tenancy (hectares)

Total amounts of yearly rentals in respect of brownfield sites in the territory (HK$)

Total areas of brownfield sites reported for being unlawfully occupied with a breakdown by 18 districts (hectares)

Figures on successful prosecutions for unlawfully occupying brownfield sites on government land (cases)

Total amounts of fines imposed for unlawfully occupying brownfield sites on government land (HK$)

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2)

Total numbers of brownfield sites granted with short term tenancies even when unlawful occupation of government land was substantiated upon investigation, and the total amounts of rentals involved in the past five years.

(3)

Short term tenancies for brownfield sites on government land granted and the total amount of rentals in 2017-18.
 

(4)

How many resources will be spent on developing and managing brownfield sites in the New Territories in 2017-18?
 

(5)

Will an open database of brownfield sites in the New Territories be set up in the coming five years for public inspection to facilitate reports of unlawful occupation of brownfield sites on government land by this Committee and the general public?
 

 

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2739 What were the total land area and the distribution by district of small houses in the New Territories built in each of the past five years?
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3008 Regarding the strengthening of land management and lease enforcement work by the Lands Department (Lands D) in 2016-17, how many inspections were conducted and enforcement actions were taken? During such inspections and enforcement actions, how many verbal warnings, written warnings and removal orders were issued? How many prosecutions were instituted?

During the operations, was it found out that persons committing breaches had been issued with short term tenancies by Lands D? If yes, how many cases were there in total? How long, on average, and up to how long did the unauthorised occupation of land last? What is the latest situation of the follow-up actions on the breaches?

Lands D indicated that it will continue to strengthen land control and lease enforcement work. What are the estimated manpower resources and expenditure involved in the related work in 2017-18?

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4135 According to the Indicators under this Programme, the actual area of land granted by way of private treaty in 2016 was 79.53 hectares, nearly five times that of 16.86 hectares in 2015. Nevertheless, the number of flats involved in the land granted by way of private treaty was 4 669, only one third of that of 2015. Will the Government inform this Committee of the locations of land granted by way of private treaty in 2016 and the number of flats involved in each grant, and the reasons why more area of land was granted in 2016 but the number of flats was far less than that of 2015?
DEVB(PL)301
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4136 Will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

What will be the annual expenditure on salaries of the Director of Lands in 2017-18?
 

(2)

Nearly 1 740 hectares of land were granted for short term tenancies (STTs) in 2015 and 2016 according to the Indicators under this Programme. Among the land granted for STTs, will the Government list in table form the locations and areas of the sites granted by way of STTs to those unlawfully occupying land, and the terms of tenancies in each of the past five years?
 

(3)

What will be the estimated annual salary expenditure of the Land Control and Lease Enforcement Section in 2017-18?
 

(4)

What will be the estimated annual salary expenditure of the Acquisition Section in 2017-18?
 

(5)

What will be the estimated annual salary expenditure of the District Lands Office, Yuen Long in 2017-18?
 

 

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3689
(1)

Over the past five years, how many small house applications has the Lands Department (Lands D) received? What are the numbers of backlog cases and cases being processed? On average, how long does it take for Lands D 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 will be the estimated expenditure and manpower required for handling this task in 2017-18?
 

(2)

What were the expenditure and manpower involved in inspections to identify any unlawful occupation of government land in the past five years? How many cases of unlawful occupation of government land were identified during routine inspections by Lands D in the past five years and what was their percentage share in the total number of cases of unlawful occupation of government land? What will be the estimated expenditure and manpower required for this task in 2017-18?
 

(3)

What were the expenditure and manpower involved in inspections to identify any illegal excavation on private land leading to development in the past five years? How many cases of illegal excavation on private land leading to development were identified during routine inspections by Lands D in the past five years and what was their percentage share in the total number of cases of illegal excavation on private land leading to development? What will be the estimated expenditure and manpower required for this task in 2017-18?
 

(4)

How many cases were in breach of the requirements regarding New Territories exempted houses in the past five years? What will be the estimated expenditure and manpower required for handling such cases in 2017-18?
 

(5)

Over the past five years, how many applications for rebuilding small houses or squatter structures were received by Lands D respectively? What are the numbers of backlog cases and cases being processed? On average, how long does it take for Lands D to process an application for rebuilding small houses or squatter structures? What will be the estimated expenditure and manpower required for handling this task in 2017-18?
 

(6)

How many disputes involving rural land were received by Lands D in the past five years? How long on average does it take for Lands D to resolve a rural land dispute? What will be the estimated expenditure and manpower required for this task in 2017-18?
 

(7)

What were the expenditure and manpower involved in investigations into the construction of unauthorised structures in small houses in the past five years? How many cases of unauthorised structures were identified during routine inspections by the Lands D in the past five years and what was their percentage share in the total number of cases of unauthorised structures? What will be the estimated expenditure and manpower required for this task in 2017-18?
 

(8)

Will the Government provide a list of short term tenancies (STTs) granted in the past five years and planned to be granted in 2017-2018 with details including the specific location, site area, income generated and use of each STT?
 

(9)

Does the Government have any plan to review whether sites currently under STTs can be rezoned to allow for long-term uses such as housing or community facilities? If yes, what will be the progress of the review and the expenditure involved?
 

(10)

Please provide details about the applications for land exchange received, processed and approved by the Government in the past five years and the expenditure involved.
 

(11)

Please provide details about the applications for revitalisation of industrial buildings received, processed and approved by the Government in the past five years and the expenditure involved.
 

 

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6789
(1)

Please provide details of the status of all the private recreational leases (PRLs). Where agreements to hold over have been executed or the leases under hold-over arrangement have been renewed, please provide the dates of execution, the numbers and expiry dates of the leases;
 

(2)

When does the Government plan to renew PRLs that have expired and are being held over? Will more stringent terms be incorporated into the leases? Please provide details of the work;

(3)

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.

 

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6793 The Office of The Ombudsman published a direct investigation report on “Lands Department’s system of regularisation of illegal occupation of Government land and breach of lease conditions” last year. What are the details of the follow-up actions taken by the Lands Department on the criticisms and recommendations and the estimated expenditure?
DEVB(PL)305
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6815
(1)

What were the time and resources spent by the Department on inspecting unleased government land in 2016? How many complaints about suspected cases of unlawful occupation of government land were received? How many cases of unlawful occupation of unleased government land were identified? What was the area of land involved?
 

(2)

How many cases of unlawful occupation led to prosecutions in 2016? How many were convicted? Has all the unlawfully occupied land been reinstated? If no, why not?

(3)

How many pieces of unlawfully occupied government land finally became lawful upon approval of the application submitted by the unlawful occupier to lease the land in 2016? How many such cases were there? What was the area of land involved?

 

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6816
(1)

How many cases of suspected unauthorised felling or damage of trees on government land and on private land were received by the Lands Department in 2016?
 

(2)

Of the above, how many were confirmed cases? In respect of private land, how many cases were confirmed to be in breach of the tree preservation clause under lease upon investigation, and what follow-up actions were taken by the Department?

 

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6817
(1)

Regarding the lease requirement to provide facilities and/or open space in private developments for public use, did the Lands Department (Lands D) receive any complaint about the relevant policy and its implementation or identify any breach of this lease requirement during inspections initiated last year? Please provide the number of the relevant cases, complaint details, the breaches confirmed after investigation and follow-up actions taken by Lands D. If prosecution was instituted, please provide the relevant details.
 

(2)

Did Lands D receive any requests for the Government to take back the management of the facilities and/or open space in private developments required for public use under lease in the past two years? If yes, please provide details of the relevant cases, the follow-up actions taken by Lands D and the progress of the actions.

 

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6818
(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?
 

(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?

 

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6819
(1)

How many applications for land grant and building licence for small houses in the New Territories were received by the Lands Department (Lands D) in 2015 and 2016? How many of them were approved? How many of them involved proposed small house sites not within the villages of the applicants and how many involved sites not within the “Village Type Development” zone on statutory plans?
 

(2)

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

(3)

What were the details of the lease enforcement actions taken by Lands D against breaches of lease conditions of small houses in the New Territories in 2015 and 2016, including the number of inspections conducted, the number of breaches identified, the number of advisory or warning letters issued and the number of cases involving re-entry of land in each of the two years?

(4)

How many cases of breaches have led to cancellation of rates exemption for small houses in the New Territories?

(5)

How many complaints about suspected unauthorised alienation or sale of small houses in the New Territories were received last year? How many of these complaints were substantiated and what follow-up actions have been taken by Lands D?

 

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6820
(1)

How many complaints about unauthorised extensions in squatter structures and licensed structures or their breach of land uses or referrals from other departments on these complaints in various districts were received by the Lands Department (Lands D) in the previous financial year? How many of these cases were completely processed, how many found to be in breach of regulations and how many issued with removal orders? How many of them involved repeated complaints?
 

(2)

How much was spent on inspections initiated by Lands D in the previous financial year? Among the squatter structures and licensed structures inspected, how many cases of unauthorised extensions were identified and how many were issued with removal orders?

(3)

How many removal orders have not been complied with upon expiry? Please provide the numbers of cases in which removal 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. What follow-up actions or land control actions have been taken against non-compliance with removal orders?

 

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6821
(1)

How many complaints about residential and industrial premises in breach of specified user conditions were received by the Lands Department in 2016 and how many of them were substantiated? What follow-up/enforcement actions were taken?
 

(2)

How many of the warning letters issued have not been complied with so far and how many premises still have breaches that have not been rectified?

(3)

How many cases of breaches in residential and industrial premises against which actions were taken or encumbrances or attachment were imposed because of failure to comply with orders in 2016?

 

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6841 In the past five years, aerial photographs taken from an altitude of 4 000 feet were produced by the Photogrammetric and Aerial Survey Section (PASS) of the Lands Department (Lands D) for the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) to determine any potential violation of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Ordinance, such as construction being carried out without a permit or reclamation works exceeding the threshold limit. Please provide in table form the works projects, number of shooting, specific expenditure and number of staff involved.

 

Year

 

Works Project

Number of Shooting

Specific Expenditure

Number of Staff Involved

2012-2013        
2013-2014        
2014-2015        
2015-2016        
2016-2017        

In 2017-2018, aerial photographs taken from an altitude of 4 000 feet are expected to be produced by PASS of Lands D for EPD to determine any potential violation of the EIA Ordinance, such as construction being carried out without a permit or reclamation works exceeding the threshold limit. Please provide in table form the works projects, number of shooting, specific expenditure and number of staff involved.

Works Project

Number of Shooting

Specific Expenditure

Number of Staff Involved

       
       
       
       
       


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6845 In paragraph 230 of the 2017 Policy Address, the Chief Executive announced that the Government has decided to provide the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) Authority with an enhanced financial arrangement by granting it the government-owned development rights of the hotel/office/residential portion of the WKCD. The Authority may develop the hotel/office/residential facilities jointly with the private sector through open tender and a Build-Operate-Transfer arrangement, and share rental revenue from such facilities to sustain the operation of the WKCD. Did the Lands Department provide any services on land administration and legal advice in relation to the above measure, including drafting a contract to grant the above site, ensuring that the above measure complies with the statutory procedures and offering relevant legal advice. If yes, what were the expenditure and manpower involved in the past five years and what will be the expenditure and manpower involved in 2017-18?
DEVB(PL)314
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6856 Regarding the complaints about and reported cases of fly-tipping of soil, will the Lands Department consider increasing existing manpower in 2017-18? If yes, what are the expenditure and manpower distribution? If no, what are the reasons?
DEVB(PL)315
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5495 Regarding management of vacant government sites, please provide the following information:

(1)

When will the list of vacant school premises be circulated to the relevant District Offices and District Social Welfare Offices, deposited at the Planning Enquiry Counters of the Planning Department (PlanD), and uploaded onto PlanD’s website for public inspection?
 

(2)

The list of vacant government sites (including vacant school premises) currently available for applications by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for short-term use in each district.
 

(3)

When will the information on vacant government sites available for applications by NGOs for short-term use be made available for online inspection by the public?
 

 

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5514 Please provide the information on “small houses in the New Territories” in all 18 districts in the past five years, including their numbers, site areas and floor areas.
DEVB(PL)317
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5867 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 of land involved; and (iv) the amount of compensation involved in each of the past five years respectively. How much is estimated to be spent on compensation for land resumption in the coming year?

DEVB(PL)318
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5876 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)319
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5879 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, plot ratio, site area and floor area involved in each approved application.
DEVB(PL)320
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6049 Regarding “maintaining man-made slopes on unallocated and unleased government land”, please provide the number of cases completed and the actual expenditure in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)321
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6056 Regarding “land clearance”, please provide the number of cases completed and the actual expenditure in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)322
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6064 Regarding “maintaining man-made slopes on unallocated and unleased government land”, please provide a breakdown by 18 districts of the number of cases completed and the actual expenditure in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)323
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6069 Regarding “land clearance”, please provide a breakdown by 18 districts of the number of cases completed and the actual expenditure in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)324
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6071 Regarding “maintaining man-made slopes on unallocated and unleased government land”, please advise on the average time taken to handle these cases.
DEVB(PL)325
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6077 Regarding “maintaining man-made slopes on unallocated and unleased government land”, please provide the number of outstanding cases and the estimated expenditure.
DEVB(PL)326
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6082 Regarding “land clearance”, please provide the number of outstanding cases and the estimated expenditure.
DEVB(PL)327
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6088 Regarding “land clearance”, please advise on the average time taken to handle these cases.
DEVB(PL)328
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6232 Will the Government inform this Committee of:

(1)

the number of Certificates of Compliance for small houses issued by the Government, the number of cases in which removal of alienation restrictions (ARs) was approved, and the total amount of premium collected for the removal of ARs under different types of small house grant (namely building licence, land exchange, village expansion area scheme under private treaty grant and other private treaty grants) in each of the past five years in table form;
 

(2)

the identified breaches of the relevant clauses in small house grants as land leases leading to enforcement actions in the past five years.
 

 

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6233 In the past five years, how many applications involving payment of premium were received from the MTR Corporation Limited? 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, plot ratio, site area and floor area involved in each approved application.
DEVB(PL)330
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6240 In the past five years, how many applications that involved payment of premium were received from the Urban Renewal Authority? Please advise in detail of the original 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, plot ratio, site area and floor area involved in each approved application.
DEVB(PL)331
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6348 Please provide the information, including the site area, buyer, number of housing units to be built, plot ratio, etc., of all residential sites sold by the Government over the past five years.
DEVB(PL)332
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6350 Regarding tender failures in government land sale over the past five years, please provide the information about each site involved, including the location, site area, land premium, the total number of failed tenders, etc.
DEVB(PL)333
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6367 Please advise this Committee of the numbers of small house applications and approved cases within the “Village Type Development” zone or the environs of a recognised village in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)334
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6374 Please advise this Committee of the numbers of small house applications and approved cases outside the “Village Type Development” zone or the environs of a recognised village in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)335
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6375 Please advise on the number of small houses in the territory and the estimated area of land occupied in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)336
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6381 Please provide the number of vacant sites and their total area, in terms of period of vacancy (less than 1 year; 1 to 2.9 years; 3 to 4.9 years; 5 to 9.9 years; and 10 years or longer).
DEVB(PL)337
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6384 Please advise on the number of indigenous households, the number of members of these households and the number of persons with small house rights in Hong Kong in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)338
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6386 Please advise on the numbers of applications for building small houses pending and under processing in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)339
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6549 How is government land let to the public by way of short term tenancy? Through what channel can the public have access to the List of Vacant Government Sites? Please attach the List of Vacant Government Sites to the reply.
DEVB(PL)340
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6550 How many inspections were initiated by the Government in each of the last five years to check whether the successful tenderers of the short term tenancies (STTs) granted had breached any lease conditions or not? How many breaches were found each year? Was any STT terminated accordingly; if yes, how many?
DEVB(PL)341
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6572 Of all the agricultural land and land zoned “Agriculture” under outline zoning plans, how much was left idle and how much was used for non-agricultural purposes (such as levelled for building houses, used for open storage, paved with concrete, used for dumping construction waste and filling of over 1.2 metres) in the past five years?

As at

Total area (hectare)

Area of land left idle (hectare)

Area of land used for non-agricultural purposes

Non-agricultural purposes

31.3.2011

 

 

31.3.2012

 

 

 

 

31.3.2013

 

 

 

 

31.3.2014

 

 

 

 

31.3.2015

 

 

 

 


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6410 Regarding the sites sold in the past five years and to be sold in the coming year under the Land Sale Programme, please provide information in the following table:

 

Land use and relevant information

 

2012-13 Land Sale Programme

2013-14 Land Sale Programme

2014-15 Land Sale Programme

2015-16 Land Sale Programme

2016-17 Land Sale Programme

2017-18 Land Sale Programme (please provide information available)

Residential R1: Total area (hectares), number of flats and average selling price per square foot

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential R2: Total area (hectares), number of flats and average selling price per square foot

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential R3: Total area (hectares), number of flats and average selling price per square foot

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential R4: Total area (hectares), number of flats and average selling price per square foot

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential R5: Total area (hectares), number of flats and average selling price per square foot

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial/Business: Total area (hectares), number of flats and average selling price per square foot

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel: Total area (hectares), number of flats and average selling price per square foot

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others: Total area (hectares), number of flats and average selling price per square foot

 

 

 

 

 

 

Area of sites sold in total

 

 

 

 

 

 



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7154 Regarding the site of Sha Tin Racecourse, the Government approved the grant of a 50-year lease to the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) at a premium of HK$660 million in June 2016. Will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

What were the conditions and criteria for the Government to approve and change the nature of the lease granted to HKJC (changed from a private recreational lease to a special purpose lease)?
 

(2)

According to the existing Master Layout Plan for Sha Tin Racecourse, was the Lands Department (Lands D) aware that HKJC would change the existing use of Sha Tin Racecourse? What were the criteria for approving the change of use of the racecourse site? Please provide the Sha Tin Racecourse development plan, layout plan and sequence of development.
 

(3)

Large-scale stables and horse racing facilities are under construction in Conghua District, Guangdong Province by HKJC and it is planned that the horses being kept in Sha Tin Racecourse will be moved there. Does Lands D know any future changes to the present stable area in Sha Tin Racecourse? What will be the use after such changes?
 

(4)

If the Government does not know the answers to the above questions, including the future development of Sha Tin Racecourse by HKJC, and change of land use, why was a 50-year special purpose lease granted to HKJC instead of a short-term 15-year private recreational lease as usual? Will the Government provide the reasons for approving the lease renewal?
 

 

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3740 In the past five years, how many pieces of government land zoned open space and Government, Institution or Community had restricted public access (i.e. the government sites were enclosed by wire mesh or other means, or managed in various ways to restrict access)? What was the total area involved?
DEVB(PL)345
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5015 According to the Indicators of “temporary use of government land” under the performance measures in respect of land administration, 19.58 hectares (ha) of land for short term tenancies (STTs) were let by tender in 2015-16, and the figure increased to 25.15 ha in 2016-17, while that for 2017-18 was estimated at 29 ha. Please advise on the reasons for the increase in the figure last year and the reasons for the estimated further increase in the area of land for STTs let by tender this year.
DEVB(PL)346
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5070 How many cases of unauthorised structures on private agricultural land were handled by the Lands Department in the last three years? How many of these cases involved enforcement actions, structures removed by the owners as required, and structures removed by the Government?
DEVB(PL)347
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3422 Regarding outsourcing of service in your department, please inform this Committee of the following in respect of the past three years:

(1)

The total number of outsourced service staff employed by your department and the percentage of outsourced service staff against the total number of staff with the same types of duties in your department;
 

(2)

The total expenditure on staff of your department; the total amount paid to outsourced service providers; and the percentage of amount paid to outsourced service providers against the total expenditure on staff of your department; and
 

(3)

The nature of your department’s outsourced services and the duration of the relevant contracts.
 

In addition, according to the Government’s guidelines for tendering of outsourced services revised last year, if the procured service relies heavily on the deployment of non-skilled workers, and a marking scheme for assessing the tenders is adopted, the procuring department, when assessing the tenders, should include in the assessment criteria the evaluation of tenderers’ proposed wage rates and working hours for non-skilled workers. In this regard, please inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

The current number of outsourced service contracts involving a large number of non-skilled workers awarded by your department since implementation of the guidelines;
 

(2)

The departments which have adjusted their assessment criteria in respect of wage rates and working hours for the outsourced service contracts involving a large number of non-skilled workers in the light of the new guidelines since their implementation; how your department has made adjustment; and if no relevant information is available, the reasons for it;
 

(3)

Whether there have been any rises in the average wage rates for workers in the contracts of outsourced services that rely heavily on deployment of non-skilled workers since the implementation of the guidelines; if yes, the number of contracts with rises in wage rates; if no relevant information is available, the reasons for it;
 

(4)

Your department’s measures to evaluate the effectiveness of the new tendering guidelines;
 

(5)

Whether your department is required to adopt the existing mechanism of two-envelope assessment of the technical and price aspects when evaluating tenders for contracts of outsourced service; if no, the number of contracts awarded without adopting the existing mechanism of two-envelope assessment of the technical and price aspects in the past three years;
 

(6)

The annual numbers of cases of government service contractors breaching the service contracts, the Employment Ordinance or the Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance as revealed by the inspections conducted by your department, and the annual numbers of complaints lodged by the outsourced service staff;
 

(7)

The details of follow-up actions on the aforementioned non-compliance and complaint cases; and
 

(8)

The number and details of cases involving contractors being punished for non-compliance or substantiated complaints.
 


DEVB(PL)348
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3441 Does the Lands Department provide any sign language interpretation service? If yes, what are the number of staff and the staff cost involved; if no, what are the reasons?
DEVB(PL)349
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6295 One of the duties of the Department is to manage government leases so as to ensure that land is used in compliance with related lease conditions. Please inform this Committee of the following:

(a)

What are the locations, site areas and terms of lease of land currently let under private recreational leases (PRLs)?
 

(b)

How many PRLs were granted by the Department in the past three years? What were the locations, site areas, terms of renewal and values of the land applied for?
 

(c)

How many staff members of the Department are deployed for handling matters concerning PRLs? What is the administrative expenditure involved?
 

(d)

How many inspections on the land granted under PRLs were carried out by the Department in the past three years? How did the Department ensure that the places were open according to lease conditions? Were there any places prosecuted and convicted for breaching lease conditions? Please provide the relevant details.
 

 

DEVB(PL)350
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4343 Please advise this Committee on the numbers of small house applications and approved cases within or outside the “Village Type Development” zone or the environs of a recognised village in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)351
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4344 Please advise on the number of indigenous households, the number of members of these households and the number of persons with small house rights in Hong Kong in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)352
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4345 Please advise on the numbers of applications for building small houses pending and under processing in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)353
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4347 Please advise on the total area of vacant land in Hong Kong by types of land uses (such as residential and agricultural uses and others) in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)354
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4348 Please advise on the total area of vacant government land, by types of land uses (such as residential and agricultural uses and others), in the territory in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)355
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4350 Please provide the number of vacant sites in the territory and their total area, in terms of period of vacancy (less than one year, one to 2.9 years, three to 4.9 years, five to 9.9 years and 10 years or longer).
DEVB(PL)356
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4352 Please provide the information, including the site area, buyer, number of housing units to be built, plot ratio, etc., of all residential sites sold by the Government over the past five years.
DEVB(PL)357
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4353 Regarding tender failures in government land sale over the past five years, please provide the information about each site involved, including the location, site area, land premium, the total number of failed tenders, etc.
DEVB(PL)358
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3935 Please inform the Committee:

(1)

What was the number of cases involving retail and wholesale activities in industrial units in breach of lease conditions against which the Lands Department (Lands D) took land control actions? Please provide a breakdown by 18 districts in each of the past three years.
 

(2)

What was the number of cases involving retail and wholesale activities in residential units in breach of lease conditions against which Lands D took land control actions? Please provide a breakdown by 18 districts in each of the past three years.
 

 

DEVB(PL)359
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3936 Please inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

the number of cases of unauthorised structures on private agricultural land handled by the Lands Department in the past three years;
 

(2)

the number of enforcement actions, the number of structures removed by the owners as required, and the number of those removed by the Government as mentioned in item 1);
 

(3)

the details of prosecutions instituted and convictions regarding item 1).
 

 

DEVB(PL)360
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3984 Regarding the sites of short term tenancies (STTs) issued, it is expected that 29 hectares (ha) of land for STTs will be let by tender and 12.6 ha will be let by direct grant in 2017. What are the respective uses and areas of these pieces of land? Is the use of a temporary fee-paying carpark involved? If yes, what are the details?

What are the number of sites granted by way of STTs for use as temporary fee-paying carparks to be taken back in 2017 for other development uses, the location of the sites to be taken back and the number of various types of vehicles to be affected?
DEVB(PL)361
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5808 According to the Brief Description under this Programme of the Lands Department, the Survey and Mapping Office operates a Land Information System for maintaining updated digital maps and cadastral databases and hence providing a foundation geospatial data framework in Hong Kong. In this connection:

Please set out the manpower required for operating the system and managing the databases in 2016-17, with a breakdown by grade and whether they were civil service posts or non-civil service contract posts. Is there any expected increase in the manpower in 2017-18? If yes, please state the number of staff and grade involved.
DEVB(PL)362
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5814 Regarding the squatter policy, will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

How many squatter clearance operations (clearance operations) in total were taken by the Government in each of the past three financial years? How many residents were involved each time? Please provide the information in the following table:

Year

Date of clearance operation

District

Number of squatter structures cleared

Number of residents involved 

2014-15

DDMMYYYY

So-and-so Village

M

X

 

DDMMYYYY

So-and-so Village near So-and-so Road

N

Y

 

(2)

In respect of the above clearance operations, how many cases fall within “programmed development clearances” and “emergency clearances”?
 

(3)

How long before a clearance operation will a notice be issued in general under the existing policy? What was the interval between the issue of notices and the clearance operations taken in each of the above operations?
 

 

DEVB(PL)363
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5817
(1)

How many of the notices on squatter clearances issued by the Lands Department will expire in the current financial year (2017-18)?
 

(2)

What is the distribution of the forthcoming clearance operations as mentioned above in the District Council districts?
 

(3)

What is the estimated manpower to be allocated by the Government for conducting the above-mentioned clearance operations?
 

 

DEVB(PL)364
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5818 Regarding unlawful occupation of government land, will the Government inform this Committee of the following information:

(1)

The number of pieces of government land with enforcement action taken against unlawful occupation in each of the past three financial years.
 

(2)

In which District Council districts were the above cases distributed? Please give a breakdown by year.
 

(3)

Of the sites included in above cases, how many were granted by short term tenancies (STTs) each year? How many hectares of land were involved? Were the lessees the original occupiers? Please list the information in the following table:

Enforcement cases and lot numbers

Area

Date of granting STTs

Were the lessees the original occupiers? (Y/N) 

       
       

 

 

DEVB(PL)365
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5819
(1)

In each of the past three years, how many small house applications were approved by the Lands Department (Lands D)? Among the applications approved, how many were for building small houses on land zoned “Village Type Development”, agricultural land or other sites respectively?
 

(2)

In each of the past three years, how many new applications for building small houses did Lands D receive?
 

(3)

How many applications are pending processing?
 

 

DEVB(PL)366
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5820 In its reply to the Legislative Council on 16 November 2016, the Development Bureau (DEVB) pointed out that for land under multiple ownership but owners not unanimously agreeing on or having difficulties in unanimously agreeing on the arrangement for lease extension, the issue will be dealt with through the establishment of Financial Secretary Incorporated.

(1)

How much manpower on the establishment will be deployed in the coming financial year for dealing with the arrangement for lease extension of the land ownership issue mentioned above?
 

(2)

As there is a need to renew a large number of land leases expiring on 30 June 2047, DEVB has stated that it “is making reference to its past experience in legislation…actively compiling the relevant information”. Could the Department give examples of the work being carried out on the subject? When will the compilation of the relevant information be completed?
 

 

DEVB(PL)367
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5821 In each of the past three financial years, regarding lease breaches in industrial buildings, please inform this Committee of:

(1)

the number of warning letters issued by the Lands Department (Lands D) and the number of cases rectified voluntarily prior to enforcement actions by Lands D;
 

(2)

the number of prosecutions instituted by Lands D; and
 

(3)

the types of businesses engaged in the flats/premises among the cases in which warning letters were issued. Please list the information in the table below.

Business

Number

Retail and Wholesale

 

Food and Beverage

 

Residential Premises

 

……

 

Others

 

 

 

DEVB(PL)368
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6673 What were the manpower for and expenditures/estimated expenditure on the naming of streets in the past three years and in 2017-18? Please provide a breakdown of the expenditure. What are the procedures for street naming?
DEVB(PL)440
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5455
(1)

How many claims for “Tun Fu” allowance were received by the Government in each of the past three 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)

How did the Government verify whether the expenditure items were cost-effective, including whether the impact of public works projects on the fung shui of the indigenous villages could be alleviated? What specific actions and procedures were taken for verification? If there was no verification, how did the Government ensure that the allowances would be well spent and rewarding?
 

 

S-DEVB(PL)05
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S0006 As a follow-up question on Reply Serial No. DEVB(PL)138, under what circumstances does the Lands Department (Lands D) grant a piece of land by way of private treaty? Will Lands D take the initiative to grant land by this means? Will a premium be definitely charged?
S-DEVB(PL)06
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SV005 A follow-up question on Reply Serial Nos. DEVB(PL)131, 135, 153 and 165:

In reply to the question on small houses in the New Territories raised by the Hon LEE Wing-tat, the then Legislative Council (LegCo) Member, at the LegCo meeting on 11 January 2012, the Government provided figures on planning permission applications for building small houses by land use zoning (including “Village Type Development” zone, “Agriculture” zone, and “Green Belt” zone). However, the Government now advises that, without a clear definition of “brownfield sites”, it is unable to provide the relevant figures and those on short term tenancies by land use zoning.

With reference to the response to that LegCo question, please provide further response as a follow-up on the replies quoted above.

S-DEVB(PL)07
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S0003 Regarding the reply DEVB(PL)140 made by the Controlling Officer, when was the Village Environ (VE) policy introduced? Before 1993, was it necessary for a proposed small house under application to be situated within the VE for the application to be considered?

S-DEVB(PL)08
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S0004
(1)

In the Controlling Officer’s reply DEVB(PL)134 regarding the New Territories Small House Policy, the Government said, “We have no plan to keep statistics on this particular aspect, as the timing of removal of restriction on alienation is not relevant to the processing work. It also does not serve as a useful indicator of abuse, given that the restriction on alienation may be lifted upon application any time during the restriction period subject to premium payment.” Please inform this Committee of the following:
 

  (a) The same small house, for which an application for removal of alienation restriction (AR) was received, had been granted a free building licence/land by way of land exchange/private treaty grant some years ago. Otherwise it could not have been built and the application for removal of AR been made. Why was the Government unable to advise on the time elapsed between granting free building licences/land by way of land exchange/private treaty grant and the receipt of applications for removal of ARs?
  (b) The Government said that keeping statistics also does not serve as a useful indicator of abuse. Does the Government have other ways to monitor and curb the abuse?
  (c) As there were hundreds of applications for removal of ARs approved in the past few years, please further provide by district the figures on the approved applications for removal of ARs from 2012 to 2016.
  (d) What are the factors and conditions considered by the Government in approving applications for removal of ARs? Generally speaking, under what circumstances will an application be approved and under what circumstances will it be rejected? What were the figures on applications rejected and the ratios in each of the past five years?
(2)

Regarding the Controlling Officer’s reply DEVB(PL)134, the Lands Department (Lands D) was asked how many cases of small house applications in a single submission involved more than five small houses in an adjoining location (within 20 metres) there were in the past five years. Please inform this Committee of the number of small house applications received by the Lands D in the past five years, in which the submission including more than five small houses in an adjoining location (within 20 metres) was made by different applicants.
 

 

S-DEVB(PL)09
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SV007 As a follow-up question on Reply Serial No. DEVB(PL)156, please advise on the total area of the “Agriculture” zone involved in the approved small house applications.

S-DEVB(PL)10
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SV008 As a follow-up question on Reply Serial Nos. DEVB(PL)074 and 166, please advise on the total number of cases approved for small house development on government land.

THB(T)047
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0385 Under Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2017-18, it is said that the Lands Department will continue with the handling of compensation claims in respect of railway projects; and undertake land administration work required for the Hong Kong section of the 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). In this connection, will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

What were the amounts of expenditures involved in the handling of compensation claims in respect of railway projects over the past five years? (Please provide a yearly breakdown.)
 

(2)

What items were included in the compensation claims?
 

(3)

Regarding the land administration work required for the XRL, the SIL(E), the KTE and the SCL, what is the staff establishment? What are the expenditures involved?
 

 

THB(T)251
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7174 In respect of railway projects completed and under construction, how many residents have been affected and how many claims have been made in the past five years? What are the expenditure and manpower involved in 2017-18 for the Lands Department to undertake work on land resumption and clearance, creation of easements and rights of temporary occupation, granting and administration of short-term tenancies and land allocations required for the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and the Shatin to Central Link?
     

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