Number of Tobacco Control Inspectors for Hong Kong SAR

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Dear Department of Health,

I am interested in data pertaining to Hong Kong's tackling of the problem of smoking, especially in public places.

I note that the Tobacco Control Office's inspectors are ever more active and commend them on their industriousness: http://www.dh.gov.hk/english/press/2015/...

Please will you, under the Code of Access to information, provide the following data for the past 5 years:

1) number of Tobacco Control Inspectors employed and on what basis (part time/full time)
2) number of fixed penalties issued
3) number of fixed penalties contested
4) number of fixed penalties contested and upheld

Yours faithfully,

Rob Davidson

Dear Mr Davidson,

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David CHIU
EO(TCO)1
(for Director of Health)

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Dear Mr. Davidson,

Subsequent to our interim reply dated 27.10.2015, we would like to provide
further information as follows:

Number of Tobacco Control Inspectors
The staffing situation of Tobacco Control Inspectors of the Tobacco
Control Office, Department of Health from 2010-11 financial year to
2014-15 financial year is as follows:

+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| | 2010-11 | 2011-12 | 2012-13 | 2013-14 | 2014-15 |
| | (as at | (as at | (as at | (as at | (as at |
| |31.3.2011)|31.3.2012)|31.3.2013)|31.3.2014)|31.3.2015)|
|-------------------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------|
|Establishment of Full | 87 | 87 | 89 | 89 | 89 |
|Time Tobacco Control | | | | | |
|Inspectors | | | | | |
|  | | | | | |
|-------------------------+----------+----------+----------+----------+----------|
|Positions of Part-time | 16 | 20 | 18 | 18 | 26 |
|Tobacco Control | | | | | |
|Inspectors | | | | | |
+--------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Number of fixed penalties
The number of fixed penalties issued, the number of fixed penalties
disputed liability, the number of fixed penalties disputed liability and
convicted are as follows:
 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 |
|-------------------------------------+------+------+------+------+------|
| Number of fixed penalties issued | 7952 | 7637 | 8019 | 8330 | 7834 |
|-------------------------------------+------+------+------+------+------|
| Number of fixed penalties disputed | 72 | 47 | 36 | 31 | 29 |
| liability | | | | | |
|-------------------------------------+------+------+------+------+------|
| Number of fixed penalties disputed | 63 | 42 | 32 | 29 | 25 |
| liability and convicted | | | | | |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Regards,

Wilfred LAU
SEO(TCO)
for Director of Health