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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

Views sought on firearm control

The Government today launched a four-week public consultation on the control of genuine firearm component parts.   It said firearms and their component parts have always been under stringent control in Hong Kong.   The Government pointed out that cases involving genuine arms have increased in recent years and criminals have made use of the loophole in the existing definition of arms under the Firearms & Ammunition Ordinance to smuggle component parts of genuine firearms into Hong Kong in separate shipments and then assemble them into fully functional firearms to evade the law.   Noting that the situation is worrying, the Government said it is necessary to provide a clearer and more concrete definition of firearm component parts to plug the legal loophole.   It proposed to amend the Firearms & Ammunition (Declaration of Arms) Regulations to list specific essential firearm component parts as arms under the Firearms & Ammunition Ordinance.   A 90-day grace period was also proposed to allow those affected to dispose of the component parts or apply for a licence from Police before the regulations come into effect.    The consultation will end on March 16.   The Government will consolidate views received and table the proposed amendments by subsidiary legislation at the Legislative Council, with a view to completing the legislative process within the current legislative session.   Views can be submitted by email, faxed to 2810 7702 or posted to the Security Bureau at 10/F, East Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar.   Click here for the consultation document.
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