Speech at Panel on Security

Central Military Dock

Other issues

Mr CHAN Chun-ying sought information on the reduction in area of military sites in Hong Kong compared with that before 1 July 1997. Referring to paragraph 9(b) of the Administration’s paper, Mr CHAN Chun-ying asked about the arrangement and operation of authorized guards, as well as the procedure to notify the general public that CMD was prohibited to enter when it was used for defence purposes.

S for S said that 25 military sites were handed over by the UK Government to the then Hong Kong Government for disposal before 1 July 1997. He further said that the land area of CMD would be declared as “protected place” and that members of the Garrison and qualified guards employed by a company engaged by the Garrison as well as the police officers would be authorized to act as authorized guards of CMD. He added that there would be clear signages in and around CMD to prevent any persons from entering CMD without authorization inadvertently


Development of “Smart Prison” by the Correctional Services Department 

The “Smart Prison” concept and the application of innovative technology

Mr CHAN Chun-ying expressed concern about the security risks of “Smart Prison” and asked whether the Administration had conducted risk assessments on relevant system suppliers.

US for S said that when choosing the specific systems for trial, reference had been made to Singapore, Japan and some correctional facilities on the Mainland. Hong Kong should be the only place in which three systems were on trial concurrently. The three trial locations were picked having regard to operational needs and the feasibility of individual institutions. Senior Engineer/EMSD supplemented that the “Video Analytic Monitoring System” and the “Passage Surveillance System” had been in use in Singapore and Japan respectively. He further said that the Administration had made reference to relevant international and industrial standards before procurement of the systems. Relevant requirements were also specified in the tender documents to ensure system security and privacy protection.

Other issues

Mr CHAN Chun-ying asked whether consideration would be given to providing innovative technology courses to PICs to facilitate their re-integration into society. DC of CS stressed that CSD had all along attached great importance to rehabilitation services and allocated dedicated resources to provide appropriate vocational training programmes for PICs. Mr CHAN’s suggestion was noted.

US for S further highlighted that according to a consultancy study conducted by the City University of Hong Kong (“CityU”) in 2017, the social cost saved in 2012-2016 after the work of CSD in rehabilitation and community education amounted to $74.3 billion.