LCQ17 : Expenditure and claims relating to Airport Core Programme projects
Following is a question by the Hon Albert Chan and a written reply by the Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, Dr Sarah Liao, at the Legislative Council meeting today (January 11) :
Regarding the expenditure and claims relating to the 10 Airport Core Programme projects, will the Government inform this Council of the following as at the end of last month:
(a) the total expenditure of each project and the difference between this figure and the estimated expenditure originally approved; and
(b) the numbers and amounts of the relevant claims received respectively by the Administration, the Airport Authority and the MTR Corporation Limited, together with a breakdown of resolved and unresolved claims?
(a) The total expenditure for all government projects under the Airport Core Programme (ACP) on a net basis (i.e. after adjustment for the reimbursable Airport Railway works and Airport works), as at the end of 2005 was $48,004 million which is $1,604 million less than the published estimated expenditure of $49,608 million. All funding and expenditure are in money-of-the-day prices. There is no over-spending in respect of the government ACP projects.
The Airport Authority (AA) had expended $49,325 million on the New Airport Projects as at the end of 2005. This is $462 million less than the published estimated expenditure of $49,787 million and there is no over-spending.
The Mass Transit Railway Corporation Limited (MTRCL) had expended $33,477 million on the Airport Railway project as at the end of 2005. This is $523 million less than the published estimated expenditure of $34,000 million and there is no over-spending.
(b) A total of 6,148 claims against construction contracts awarded for government projects under the ACP were received. All cases have been settled at a combined settlement amount of $2,150 million. This sum has been included in the total expenditure of $48,004 million for the above government projects.
The AA has received a total of 12,120 claims against the construction contracts awarded by it. All cases were settled at a combined settlement amount of $5,622 million. This sum has been included in the total expenditure of $49,325 million for the above New Airport Projects. There was no extra expenditure after the 2003/04 fiscal year.
The MTRCL has received a total of 8,687 claims against the construction contracts awarded by it. All cases have been settled at a combined settlement amount of $3,399 million. This sum has been included in the total expenditure of $33,477 million for the above Airport Railway Project.
End/Wednesday, January 11, 2006