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Addressing the needs of the people

In my newspaper article of May 16 I mentioned that our current reorganisation exercise is following almost exactly the same legislative timetable adopted in the reorganisation of the third-term Government in 2007.

Here I would like to elaborate a little bit.

(1) In 2007, although eight pre-existing bureaux were affected by the proposed reorganisation, only the LegCo Panel on Constitutional Affairs convened meetings to discuss the proposal.

Our current exercise will only affect four existing bureaux. Yet, in addition to the LegCo Panel on Constitutional Affairs, several other panels (home affairs, commerce and industry, development, housing, and information technology and broadcasting) also intend convening meetings to discuss the reorganisation. The Office of the Chief Executive-elect will co-operate fully.
(2) In 2007, the Establishment Subcommittee discussed the staffing and funding proposals before the LegCo Panel on Constitutional Affairs finished its discussions on reorganisation.

This year, we plan to submit our proposals to the Establishment Subcommittee after the LegCo Panel on Constitutional Affairs has finished its discussions, thus showing greater respect for Members' views.
(3) In 2007, the Finance Committee approved funding before the LegCo passed the resolution.

This year, we propose to follow the same sequence but have been criticised for not respecting the proceedings of the Council.

The current exercise allows an extra five days for completion of the necessary legislative procedures when compared with the 2007 exercise. With more lead time, things should progress smoothly.

Far from acting in haste, the proposed reorganisation seeks merely to support the Government in enhancing the effectiveness of its administration, addressing the needs of the people, further promoting economic development and enabling the improvement of people's livelihoods.

May 19, 2012