Executive Council met today with three items on the Open Agenda.

Council considered and gave approval for the Liquor (Amendment) Bill to be printed, published and presented as Government business at the next session of Legislative Council.  This amendment was focused on the occasional licence which is issued to permit the sale of alcohol on the occasion of any entertainment or special occasion.  Council felt that this was important to remove bureaucracy and streamline the process.

The ExCo paper on amendments to the Marriage Regulations was withdrawn to allow further discussion on the level of fees to be charged.  It is anticipated that this paper will be presented to the next meeting of ExCo.

Executive Council then considered and approved the Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 and the Trade Marks (Fees) (Amendment) Rules 2018.  The fees for these Regulations and Rules had last been amended in 2009 and 2012 respectively. Council members were not prepared at this time to agree any changes to the fees in respect of Patents, as the Law Revision had amended the Patents (Registration) Ordinance 1927 and transferred the power to prescribe fees to the Registrar of Patents from the Governor in Council. The implications of this amendment would be reviewed.

The meeting closed at 12noon.

ExCo

17 April 2018

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