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Revised School Passage Arrangements

IN accordance with Civil Service Bureau Circular No. 11/98, the Government is introducing a School Passage Allowance (SPA) to replace the existing direct provision of air tickets for eligible children educated in approved countries of study (which is based on a point system) with effect from 1 July 1998.
At present, the Government purchases air tickets directly for eligible children to travel between Hong Kong and the approved country of study to start education abroad, visit his/her parents in Hong Kong during the period of education, and return to Hong Kong on cessation of education.
In general, children under 19 are entitled to have two return tickets per 12-month cycle while children aged 19 to 20 are entitled to one return ticket. For the HK/UK route, officers are required to approach Jardine Airways or the Cathay Pacific Airways to reserve seats - with the Director of Accounting Services thereafter taking over the booking.
Starting from 1 July 98, the mentioned arrangement will be replaced by the School Passage Allowance which is fully accountable and non-taxable. An officer may then acquire air tickets from an airline company or travel agent, with payment made directly by the Government or on reimbursement.
The revised school passage arrangements are summarised as follows:
The initial rates of the SPA will be set with reference to the number of return passages being granted to children under the existing arrangements and the published air fares prevailing as of 1 July 98 as well as the age of benefiting school child and his country of education.
(Note: Taking 15 May 98 as the date of calculation, a child below the age of 12 studying in England may receive an allowance of $17,700 per annum; one who is 12 to 18 years old may receive $23,600; and one who is 19 to 20 years old may receive $11,800).
An officer may acquire air tickets from any airline company or travel agent, and can only claim SPA to cover the passage cost, departure taxes and Hong Kong Security Service Charge.
Regardless of the number of air tickets acquired, an officer may only submit a maximum of three claims (one claim may cover expenses for more than one journey) for each child within each cycle (of 12 months).
At the end of a school passage cycle, any unused SPA not exceeding 100 per cent of the child's entitlement for that cycle may be carried forward to the next cycle. Moreover, the officer and/or spouse may use the children's SPA to purchase return air ticket(s) originating from Hong Kong to visit the children on not more than one occasion within each 12-month period.
The rates will be revised annually on 1 April.
The following transitional arrangements will apply:
All applications for air tickets under the existing arrangements must reach the Treasury on or before 15 June 98.
Any debit or credit balance (up to 6 'passage points') under the existing arrangements will be converted into SPA on 1 July 98. (Note: the conversion formula is that each passage point will be converted into one-sixth of the allowance entitled (for school children between the age of 19 and 20), and one-twelfth of the same (for school children below the age of 19).
For journeys starting in July and August 98, no direct payment to travel agents will be arranged by the Director of Accounting Services. Officers may therefore only claim reimbursement of air fares. For journeys commencing on or after 1 September 98, officers may claim reimbursement of air fares or request direct payment.

Moscow Circus

THANKS to Personnel Services Branch, the Moscow Circus is offering Force members and their families discounts on tickets to see its performances in Hong Kong. The original $240 ticket is available to all (including children) for the flat price of $180 on Sunday 19 July; $168 on Wednesday 22 July; $168 on Thursday 23 July.
ON or BEFORE 17 JUNE, send cheques made payable to "Police Welfare Bargain Co-ordinating Unit", along with number of tickets needed, date of performance, and personal particulars to: Personnel Services Branch, HKPF, 1/F Dominion Centre, 43-59 Queen's Road East, Wanchai, (ATTN: Ms Leung Kit-hing). Enquiries: 2804-1111.

"Central Fund" and "Family Protection Fund"

IN order to protect the interests and wills of all "Central Fund" and "Family Protect Fund" members, the Secretary of the Funds reminds all members to update their personal particulars or information of beneficiaries, if any, by writing to: Secretary, Central Fund/Family Protection Fund, Personnel Services Branch, Hong Kong Police Force, 1/F Dominion Centre, 43-59 Queen's Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong.

17-18 June at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Cost: $800

JOINTLY organised by the Force's Criminal Intelligence Bureau and the Commercial Crime Bureau with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's Department of Information and Systems Management, the objectives of the Seminar (in talks and exhibitions) are to overview and discuss a wide spectrum of IT security issues including: data/information security; computer security; crime and law enforcement, organisation and management - and much much more. Key speakers will also address issues of IT security management and the impact of IT on future crime trends.
For seat reservations and payment enquiries contact Winnie Chan of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology: 2358-7633.

Electrical Products Promotional Sale

HONG KONG POLICE FORCE STAFF are offered great discounts on brand name air conditioners, televisions, washers, VCRs, refrigerators and more at the Hong Kong Consumer Product Supply Services Association's electrical products promotional sale at Squash Court 5, 3/F PSRC on Saturday and Sunday 13-14 June from 10am to 6pm.
Organised by the Police Welfare Bargain Co-ordinating Unit, shoppers should bring cash, Visa cards or cheques (which are accepted for delivery orders). Charge!!!



Celebrate Dad's big day in the POC Grill Room with a wonderful lunch buffet ($78per person). Or, try one, or both, of the specially prepared Chinese menus in the Tsui Hang Village Restaurant ($2,380 for a table for 12;or $1,980 for 12 diners). Enquiries and reservations: 2891-4128.


POC has prepared two Graduation Banquet Menus in the Chinese Restaurant for $1,880 and $1,680 respectively. Information and reservations: 2891-4128 or 2591-1924.


Trying the knot?...then the POC Tang Shiu Kin Hall, which can accommodate up to 29 tables (that's 348 celebrants), is perfect for your wedding banquet. The restaurant has specially arranged two wedding banquet menu packages, priced at $3,980 or $3,380 per table of 12 diners. For more details on the menus and offers that come with a POC wedding banquet please call catering manager Raymond Fan: 2891-4128.


Chevignac Blanc $35 per bottle; Dievole Handover Wine(red) $69 per bottle; Etched POC 1997 Red Wine $165 per bottle; Handover Whisky in mahogany box $795 each. These tasty beverages can be ordered directly from the POC Wine Shop by calling :2591-1914.

Feeling a bit tired and low on energy? Then revitalise your life by joining supercircuit training. People at all stages of fitness are welcome and are encouraged to workout at a level they can handle. Be at the POC rooftop tennis court at 12:45pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. [ Free T-shirt for those who have attended five consecutive sessions ].

Leave Homes

FORCE holiday bungalow accommodation is available from June 10 - July 13 , 1998 for Gazetted and Inspectorate officers and their civilian counterparts as follows:

Hoi Fu Fa Yuen, P3 in Macau, Jun 14, 16-30, Jul 1-13
Casa Pearl Terrace in Macau, Jun 10-30, July 1-13
Casa Sagres in Macau, June 10-21, 23-30, Jul 1-13
Hellen Garden in Macau, Jun 10-25, 28-30, Jul 1-13
Ham Tin No.10, 1/F in Pui O, Jun 10-18, 21-26, 29-30, Jul 1-13
Tung Tsz A4, Jun 14-19, 22-26, 29-30, Jul 1-3, 6-13

Accommodation after July 13, 98 will be allocated by ballot. For reservations, apply to Personnel Services Branch Holiday Facilities Unit at 2804-1135. Applicants please use the new application forms (Rev 97). You cannot apply for more than one bungalow during the same period.
The following hotels are offering accommodation at reduced rates for Force members:

Mandarin Oriental Macau (800-967338)
New World Emperor Hotel Macau (2192-6074)
Hotel Sintra (2546-6944)
Holiday Inn Macau (800-965646)
Hotel Ritz Macau (2739-9928)
Forum Hotel Shenzhen (2866-7699); and
Shenzhen Century Plaza Hotel (2598-0363)
Shenzhen Nanhai Hotel (2315 5388)
Guangzhou Hai Tao Hotel (2311-2283); and
Gold Coast Hotel (2452-8888)

Interested colleagues should obtain a letter of introduction from the Personnel Services Branch Holiday Facilities Unit and contact the hotels directly for reservations.

New Holiday Homes at
149A Tong Fuk Village, Lantau

IN pursuance of the Healthy Lifestyles Campaign, the Force has leased a new three-storey village house at Tong Fuk, Lantau Island, now available for holiday hire. Each unit has three bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and a large sitting/dining room and can comfortably accommodate for six persons. Outdoor furniture and a BBQ pit are also provided for each unit.
The beautiful Tong Fuk Beach is only five minutes away from the main road. Restaurants and stores are available with direct public bus service running from Mui Wo to Tong Fuk. Lantau taxi service is also very convenient.
The rental fee is $400 and $375 per night for weekend/public holiday and weekdays respectively. (However, until the promotion period ends on 12 July, the rental fee per night is $280 and $190). For booking and enquiries call. 2804-1135

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