Railway Objections Hearing Panel

(Appointed by the Secretary for Transport and Housing)

Enquiry : Transport and Housing Bureau

  17/F, East Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong

Telephone : 3509 7259

Membership List

      Convenors
Mr Francis CHAU Yin-ming, BBS, MH
Mr LEUNG Hing-fung
Professor LO Hong-kam
Professor NG Mee-kam

Members
Miss Carmen CHAN Ka-man
Mr Brian CHAU
Miss CHENG Wai-hing
Ms Alexa CHOW Yee-ping
Mr Daniel CHU Muk-wah
Mr Nevin HO Chi-lok
Ms Lusan HUNG Lo-shan
Mr IP Tin-yau
Dr LAM Wai-man
Ms SIN Wing-chiu
Ir Toni ZEN Tung-yee
   

Terms of Reference

 (a)      

According to the Railways Ordinance (the Ordinance), the Secretary for Transport and Housing (the Secretary) has to submit the railway scheme concerned and/or its amendments gazetted under the Ordinance, together with all unwithdrawn objections, to the Executive Council for consideration not later than nine months after the expiration of the 60-day period for lodging objections in respect of the scheme (or three months after the expiration of the 60-day period for lodging objections in respect of an amendment to the scheme). Prior to the said procedure, a panel of independent persons appointed by the Secretary will conduct hearings in respect of all unwithdrawn objections. This is an administrative measure to ensure that the objections are handled in a fair, open and transparent manner.

 

 (b)

In particular, the panel will be responsible for advising the Secretary on:

  1. whether the Administration has dealt with such objections in accordance with pledges made;
  2. whether the objectors have been given adequate opportunity to express their views;
  3. whether the Administration has properly reviewed the scheme having regard to the objectors' views; and
  4. whether the Administration has explained fully to the objectors the findings of its review.
 
 (c) The panel will also be responsible for conducting hearings in respect of all unwithdrawn objections on a collective basis in order to :
  1. listen to the views of the objectors;
  2. listen to the views of the Administration and the relevant railway corporation;
  3. form an opinion as to whether the objection has been dealt with in a fair, open and transparent manner; and
  4. compile a report on its findings for submission to the Secretary for consideration.