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Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2017-18
Controlling Officer's Replies to Questions raised
by Finance Committee Members

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In Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2017-18 under Programme (2) of this Head, it is mentioned that the Department will continue to handle on-going and new judicial review cases. In this regard, would the Department:
1. inform this Committee in table form the number of judicial review cases lodged against the Town Planning Board and the number of judicial review cases granted by the court from 2013 to the end of February 2017;
2. provide details of the cases in which Outline Zone Plans were stayed for the reason of judicial review as well as the districts involved and the duration of stay;
3. inform this Committee of the expenditure incurred in the administrative measures, secretariat services, technical support and related work arising from judicial review for the past five years and the estimated expenditure required for such work in the 2017-18 financial year.
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The charges on disposal of construction waste will be increased substantially with effect from 7 April 2017. Cases of unauthorised developments (UDs) involving illegal land or pond filling are expected to rise sharply. However, the number of Planning Department staff responsible for enforcement only saw a slight increase from 59 in 2004 to 68 in 2016, far from adequate to cope with the substantial increase in UD cases.
(1) Will the Department increase the manpower of its Central Enforcement and Prosecution Section for taking enforcement actions in the following year? If no, what are the reasons?
(2) Please provide a breakdown of the number of UD cases and the area of land involved by the types of UDs, such as illegal land filling, illegal pond filling, open storage and vehicle park, in the past five years.
(3) Please provide a breakdown of the number of UD cases in “Agriculture” zone and the area of land involved by the types of UDs, such as illegal land filling, illegal pond filling, open storage and vehicle park, in the past five years.
(4) Please provide a breakdown of the number of UD cases in “Green Belt” zone and the area of land involved by the types of UDs, such as illegal land filling, illegal pond filling, open storage and vehicle park, in the past five years.
(5) Please provide a breakdown of the number of UD cases in conservation zones and the area of land involved by the types of UDs, such as illegal land filling, illegal pond filling, open storage and vehicle park, in the past five years.
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1) Please provide details of the staff establishment for Programme (1) Territorial Planning in the table below:  Form
2) Please provide details of the staff establishment for Programme (2) District Planning in the table below:  Form
3) How many hours of overtime work and how much allowance are involved in staff’s applications for overtime allowance under each Programme? Are there any cases where staff who have worked overtime cannot claim overtime allowance?
4) The staff establishment of the Planning Department has rapidly increased in recent years. What are the reasons or projects based on which the Department has to increase its staffing? Are the posts involved permanent posts or contract posts? Will it be difficult to delete any surplus posts when the number of planning projects decreases in the future?
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1. As regards unauthorised developments on land and agricultural land within “Site of Special Scientific Interest” (“SSSI”), “Conservation Area” (“CA”), “Coastal Protection Area” (“CPA”), “Green Belt” (“GB”) and “Agriculture” (“AGR”) zones, please specify their respective numbers of complaints, numbers of substantiated cases, numbers of enforcement notices (ENs), stop notices (SNs) and reinstatement notices (RNs) issued, and numbers of prosecutions (numbers of cases and persons convicted) in the past five years.
2. As regards unauthorised developments on land and agricultural land within “SSSI”, “CA” and “CPA” zones, please specify their respective numbers of unauthorised development cases, areas of land involved, numbers of prosecutions (numbers of summons) and convictions (numbers of summons), as well as the highest and lowest fines imposed on convicted cases in the past five years, broken down by type of use (e.g. filling of pond/land, vehicle park, container-related uses, storage, workshop, etc.) (Note: the following table is for reference).
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3. As regards unauthorised developments on land and agricultural land within “GB” and “AGR” zones, please specify their respective numbers of unauthorised development cases, areas of land involved, numbers of prosecutions (numbers of summons) and convictions (numbers of summons), as well as the highest and lowest fines imposed on convicted cases in the past five years, broken down by type of use (e.g. filling of pond/land, vehicle park, container-related uses, storage, workshop, etc.) (Note: the following table is for reference).  Form
4. As regards unauthorised filling of pond/land on land and agricultural land within “GB”, “AGR”, “SSSI”, “CA” and “CPA” zones, please specify their respective numbers of unauthorised pond/land filling cases, areas of land involved, numbers of prosecutions (numbers of summons) and convictions (numbers of summons), as well as the highest and lowest fines imposed on convicted cases in the past five years (Note: the following table is for reference).  Form
5. Please advise on the estimated expenditure and manpower to be involved in the next financial year (2017-18) for enforcement and prosecution in respect of the complaints about unauthorised developments within the above “SSSI”, “CA”, “CPA”, “GB” and “AGR” zones, and the changes as compared with that of 2015-16 (actual) and that of 2016-17(revised); and
6. Please advise on the expenditure and manpower involved in the enforcement and prosecution actions undertaken in this regard in the past five years.
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In Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2017-18, it is stated that the Planning Department (PlanD) will commence and manage the Study on Existing Profile and Operations of Brownfield Sites in the New Territories this year. In this connection, please advise:
1. When will PlanD commence the study on the distribution and use of brownfield sites in the territory, and what are the staff establishment and expenditure to be involved?
2. The Government states that Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area will be designated as a pilot area in examining the feasibility of brownfield operations. What is the progress to date?
3. The Government plans to commence a feasibility study on multi-storey buildings for brownfield operations. What is the progress to date?
4. Regarding the enforcement action taken against unauthorised use of brownfield sites, including developments not in compliance with the Town Planning Ordinance and illegal occupation of Government land, how many prosecution and convicted cases were there in the past three years?
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Regarding the “Hong Kong 2030+” Study undertaken by the Department, please advise this Committee of the following:
a.) What was the expenditure on the “Hong Kong 2030+” Study for the past five years? Please provide details in the table below.
  Form
b.) What is the estimated expenditure on the “Hong Kong 2030+” Study this year? Please provide details in the table below.  Form
c.) What is the estimated expenditure on engaging consultants for the “Hong Kong 2030+” Study this year? Please provide details in the table below.  Form
d.) What was the expenditure on engaging consultants for the “Hong Kong 2030+” Study for the past five years? Please provide details in the table below.  Form
e.) How many discussions the Government had held with the Mainland over the “Hong Kong 2030+” Study in the past five years? What was the expenditure involved? Please provide details in the table below.  Form
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In Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2017-18, it is stated that the Planning Department will continue to increase the domestic floor space that can be provided on individual sites as far as permissible in planning terms, in accordance with the increased maximum domestic plot ratios allowed in different Density Zones as appropriate. Please provide the details of the individual sites allowed to increase their maximum domestic plot ratios in 2016-17, including the location, area and change in plot ratio of the sites, and the estimated increase in flat number as a result of the increase in maximum domestic plot ratio; and the estimated number of applications for an increase in maximum domestic plot ratio to be received in 2017-18.
Will there be any increase in manpower and expenditure for handling such work in 2017-18 as compared with 2016-17? If yes, what are the details?
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Under this Programme, will the Government inform this Committee:
(1) What are the operating expenses, staff establishment and estimated annual salary expenditure for the Territorial Planning Branch (T-Branch) in 2017-18?
(2) What are the operating expenses, staff establishment and estimated annual salary expenditure for the Mainland Planning Unit under T-Branch in 2017-18?
(3) What are the operating expenses, staff establishment and estimated annual salary expenditure for the Lantau Unit under T-Branch in 2017-18?
(4) What are the operating expenses, staff establishment and estimated annual salary expenditure for the Territorial Planning Unit under T-Branch in 2017-18?
(5) What are the operating expenses, staff establishment and estimated annual salary expenditure for the Cross-boundary Infrastructure and Development Section of the Planning Department in 2017-18?
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With regard to the study on brownfield sites in Yuen Long South, please provide the cost required and the details of the following:
1. the expenditure required for setting up a brownfield database;
2. the cost required for the study on the development of brownfield sites in the area;
3. the funding required for resumption of privately-owned brownfield sites in the area by the means of “monetary compensation”, “exchange of land” or “monetary compensation plus exchange of land”;
4. the economic costs incurred in resumption of brownfield sites for development under the Lands Resumption Ordinance for the sake of public interest;
5. the economic benefit of collecting tax on land left idle from land owners of the area who are hoarding up the land;
6. the number of government sites granted under short term tenancy for open storage uses that are resumed; and the loss of rental income; and
7. the number of government sites resumed for reason of unauthorised occupation of land for open storage uses, and the economic benefits brought about.
DEVB(PL)400
Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area is designated as the pilot area for the brownfield development study. Please provide the cost required for the brownfield study of HSK NDA and the details of the following:
1. The expenditure required for setting up a brownfield database;
2. the cost required for the study on the development of brownfield sites in the area;
3. the funding required for resumption of privately-owned brownfield sites in the area by the means of “monetary compensation”, “exchange of land” or “monetary compensation plus exchange of land”;
4. the economic costs incurred in resumption of brownfield sites for development under the Lands Resumption Ordinance for the sake of public interest;
5. the economic benefit of collecting tax on land left idle from land owners of the area who are hoarding up the land;
6. in respect of the study on and construction of multi-storey buildings for brownfield operators, the breakdown of the expenditure of the study, the construction cost, the subsidy amount, the economic loss incurred from damage to land and the land premium for the site;
7. the number of government sites granted under short term tenancy for open storage uses that are resumed; and the loss of rental income; and
8. the number of government sites resumed for reason of unauthorised occupation of land for open storage uses, and the economic benefits brought about.
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In Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2017-18, the Planning Department states that it will commence and manage the Study on Existing Profile and Operations of Brownfield Sites in the New Territories (NT). Besides, the Development Bureau also states that it will formulate a comprehensive policy on brownfield sites. Please advise the Committee of the following:
(a) Is the consultant of the Study required to formulate a clear definition of brownfield sites in the NT in order to help the Planning Department identify the types of land they need to handle, and to help the Development Bureau formulate a comprehensive policy on brownfield sites?
(b) Will the Department create a brownfield database after the Study?
(c) The brownfield databases in foreign countries (such as Britain and the United States) are open for public inspection. If a database is created, will it be open for public inspection? If not, what are the reasons?
(d) What are the timetable of the Study, the latest status of the tender exercise, the name of the consultant awarded the Study and their bid price (if applicable)?
(e) What is the amount of funds earmarked for this consultancy study?
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The Government has indicated that the Planning Department will consider the 10-year small house demand forecast when designating a “Village Type Development” (“V”) zone on a statutory plan. In this connection, will the Government inform this Committee of the following:
(a) Is the forecast conducted regularly? If yes, how often is it conducted? If no, which Rural Committees are covered in the recent forecast? When will the next forecast (if any) be conducted?
(b) How many small houses are needed to be built in each village according to the recent forecast? (please provide the information in the table below)
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(c) How does the Government assess the 10-year small house demand forecasts provided by the villages?
(d) Has the Government conducted any survey on small house sites currently vacant or any study on their potentials for development? If yes, what is the expenditure involved?
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Please give a breakdown of the estimated number of staff, annual emoluments, housing allowance and allowances for the expenses on duty visits and official entertainment pertaining to the following posts in the Planning Department in 2017-18.
• Director
• Deputy Director of Planning
• Senior Personal Secretary
• Departmental Secretary
• Deputy Departmental Secretary
• Personal Secretary II of Departmental Administration Division
• Assistant Departmental Secretary
• Clerical Officer-in-charge
• Accounting Officer I
• Accounting Officer II
• Supplies Officer
• Supplies Supervisor II
• Chief Town Planner
• Senior Town Planner
• Town Planner
• Personal Secretary II of Strategic Planning Section
• Principal Survey Officer
• Survey Officer
• Senior Survey Officer
• Assistant Director of Planning
• Principal Technical Officer
• Technical Officer
• Clerical Officer-in-charge of General Section
• Confidential Assistant
• Senior Official Languages Officer
• Official Languages Officer I
• Official Languages Officer II
• Senior Information Officer
• Personal Secretary II of Technical Services Section
• Assistant Information Officer
• Cartographer
• Chief Technical Officer
• District Planning Officer
• Assistant Town Planner
• Town Planning Graduate Trainee
• Air Ventilation Assessment Advisor
• Clerical Officer
• Senior Landscape Architect
• Landscape Architect
• Assistant Landscape Architect
• Field Officer I
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Please inform this Committee of:
(1) the number of complaints about unauthorised developments (UDs) within “Conservation Area” (“CA”), “Coastal Protection Area” (“CPA”), “Green Belt” (“GB”) and “Agriculture” (“AGR”) zones; the number of enforcement notices (ENs), stop notices (SNs) and reinstatement notices (RNs) issued; the number of prosecution cases and the number of persons convicted in these cases in the past seven years;  
Form
(2) the locations and areas of the lots damaged by UDs within “CA” and “CPA” zones in the past seven years;
(3) the shortest, average and longest time (number of days) taken to issue ENs after receipt of the above complaints about UDs within “CA”, “CPA”, “GB” and “AGR” zones;
(4) the shortest, average and longest time (number of days) taken to issue RNs after receipt of the above complaints against UDs within “CA”, “CPA”, “GB” and “AGR” zones;
(5) the shortest, average and longest time (number of days) taken to issue compliance notices after issuance of ENs in respect of the above complaints about UDs within “CA”, “CPA”, “GB” and “AGR” zones?
(6) the shortest, average and longest time (number of days) taken to issue compliance notices after issuance of RNs in respect of the above complaints about UDs within “CA”, “CPA”, “GB” and “AGR” zones; and
(7) the estimated expenditure and manpower to be involved in this financial year (2017-18) for enforcement and prosecution work in respect of the above complaints about UDs within “CA”, “CPA”, “GB” and “AGR” zones, and the changes as compared with that of 2016-17.
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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:
4. the current number of outsourced service contracts involving a large number of non-skilled workers awarded by your department since implementation of the guidelines;
5. 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;
6. 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;
7. your department’s measures to evaluate the effectiveness of the new tendering guidelines;
8. 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;
9. 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;
10. the details of follow-up actions on the aforementioned non-compliance and complaint cases; and
11. the number and details of cases involving contractors being punished for non-compliance or sustained complaints.
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It is mentioned under “Matters Requiring Special Attention” in this year that the Department will “continue to provide strategic planning input to various CEDD projects, including the Pilot Study on Underground Space Development in Selected Strategic Urban Areas, the Study on Technical Issues Related to Potential Reclamation Site at Ma Liu Shui, the Technical Study on Reclamation at Lung Kwu Tan, and the proposed Strategic Studies for Artificial Islands in the Central Waters; and provide strategic planning inputs to major land development projects of territorial significance including potential developments at the proposed reclamations at Ma Liu Shui, Lung Kwu Tan and Central Waters.”
Please inform this Committee of the following:
1. What is the estimated area of land to be created under the reclamation projects at Ma Liu Shui and Lung Kwu Tan respectively according to the current progress of the studies? What is the estimated size of population that can be accommodated?
2. Regarding the Study on Technical Issues Related to Potential Reclamation Site at Ma Liu Shui, what are the details, progress and expenditure involved? What are the respective expenditures on the environmental impact assessment and traffic impact assessment under the Study?
3. What are the progress and total expenditure on the Technical Study on Reclamation at Lung Kwu Tan?
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