Legco president slashes budget amendments

Legco President Andrew Leung has allowed only 185 amendments out of the 742 proposed. Photo: RTHK

Legco President Andrew Leung has allowed only 185 amendments out of the 742 proposed. Photo: RTHK

The president of the Legislative Council, Andrew Leung, has rejected most of the proposed amendments to the government’s budget, saying they are either “unintelligible, inaccurate, frivolous or meaningless”. 

Leung on Monday said he had approved 185 “Committee Stage Amendments” (CSAs) out of a total of 742 moved by 20 legislators. 

League of Social Democrats lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung alone submitted 522 of the proposed changes, but only 28 of them were approved. 

“Based on the council’s past experience, there was little exchange of views among members during the debates on such CSAs, considerable time was also spent on quorum calls,” Andrew Leung said when explaining his decision.

The Legco president said he had struck a balance between “the power and function of Legco to examine and approve budgets, the right of members to participate in the legislative process and the council’s past experience”.

The council will begin scrutinising the government’s budget on Wednesday.

http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1326780-20170424.htm

Advertisements