Date
20 October 2017
In its report, the Legco panel is expected to hit out at Civil Aviation Department chief Norman Lo for allegedly failing to fulfill his duties. Photo: GovHK
In its report, the Legco panel is expected to hit out at Civil Aviation Department chief Norman Lo for allegedly failing to fulfill his duties. Photo: GovHK

Legco panel seen denouncing civil aviation department in report

A Legislative Council panel will issue a strongly worded criticism of the Civil Aviation Department over a series of management flops in a report to be published on Wednesday, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday, citing sources knowledgeable about the matter.

The sources said the Legco Public Accounts Committee will take a strong stance against the government agency after conducting six open hearings that lasted around six months.

The panel conducted the hearings after the Audit Commission revealed last year that the department expanded the construction area for its headquarters without informing relevant authorities, and an air traffic control system it purchased in 2007 for HK$1.56 billion could not be operated.

The audit report said the CAD expects to use it only in the first half of 2016, after delays that cost HK$33 million in additional expenses every year since 2013. It was originally scheduled to start operation in 2012.

In its report, the Legco panel will also blame the Transport and Housing Bureau for failing to adequately supervise the department, the sources said.

The committee is tipped to assail CAD Director-General Norman Lo for failing to fulfill his duties even as it will reject his explanations for the delays in the implementation of the new air traffic control system.

The committee had used strong words such as “condemn”, “shocked” and “unacceptable” in its investigation report on Timothy Tong, former head of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, relating to his duty visits, entertainment expenses and bestowing and receipt of gifts.

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