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FS visits biomedical firm in UK

Financial Secretary Paul Chan yesterday visited a biopharmaceutical company and the Royal College of Art, and attended a lunch hosted by the China-Britain Business Council, as part of his ongoing trip to London.   Mr Chan visited AstraZeneca and met the company’s senior management to learn about its drug research and development activities, as well as its latest expansion plans.   AstraZeneca indicated that following in-depth talks with Hong Kong’s Office for Attracting Strategic Enterprises, it plans to develop a research and development centre in Hong Kong and will engage in further discussion with relevant government departments on the matter.   The Financial Secretary then attended a roundtable luncheon held by the China-Britain Business Council, and met representatives of British enterprises that do business, or plan to do business, either in the Mainland or Hong Kong.   Mr Chan later visited the Royal College of Art, which collaborated with the Hong Kong Polytechnic Unive

Buildings Dept sets up hotline

The Buildings Department announced today that a telephone hotline 3842 5375 has been set up for the public to make enquiries about alteration and addition works that have possibly been carried out in their residential flats.   It explained that the hotline was set up in response to many public enquiries it recently received on how to check approved plans to ascertain the location of structural walls.   The department also received enquiries on whether the building structure or safety would have been affected due to the alteration and addition works carried out in their residential flats.   People may call the hotline between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday, except public holidays. The hotline will remain in operation until July 21 and may be extended on an as-needed basis.   Enquiries can also be emailed to   Additionally, people may visit the Building Information Centre on the second floor of the Buildings Department Headquarters, North Tower, West Kowloon Government Offices, 11 Hoi Ting Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon to ascertain how to obtain building plans and basic information on the plans, including how to distinguish between structural and non-structural walls.   The visit should be made during office hours and by appointment through the aforesaid hotline/email.

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