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The Government Secretariat was re-organised into 12 bureaux with effect from 1 July 2007.

Objectives of the re-organisation

The re-organisation served two key objectives – to rationalise the distribution of responsibilities between policy bureaux and to better facilitate the Chief Executive to implement the priority policy initiatives pledged during the CE election to meet the opportunities and challenges of Hong Kong ahead.

Major changes

The major changes involved in the re-organisation are as follows –

(a) Development: The Development Bureau covers matters relating to planning, land use, buildings, urban renewal, construction and works and development-related heritage conservation. Bringing related policies together will help speed up the implementation of large-scale projects, and enhance efficiency while ensuring early attention to heritage conservation.

(b) Food and Health: To enable more focused attention to the related issues of food and health, they remain with the same bureau (ie the Food and Health Bureau). The welfare portfolio was transferred to the Labour and Welfare Bureau after the re-organisation.

(c) Labour and Welfare: Re-organisation helps realise the CE's election pledge of alleviating poverty and promoting self-reliance through job creation. Policy responsibilities for labour, manpower and welfare issues have come under the new Labour and Welfare Bureau to help enhance policy interface.

(d) Environment: Closely related policies on environmental protection, sustainable development and energy are put under the same bureau (ie the Environment Bureau).

(e) Transport and Housing: Matters relating to our internal and external transportation, including air services, maritime transport, land and waterborne transport and logistics, are put under the same roof (ie the Transport and Housing Bureau). The bureau also takes charge of housing policy.

(f) Commerce and Economic Development: The policy portfolio of the previous Commerce, Industry and Technology Bureau was merged with closely related areas of the previous Economic Development and Labour Bureau and expanded to cover matters relating to tourism, consumer protection, creative industry and competition policy. Recognising the expanded remit of the bureau, it was re-titled the "Commerce and Economic Development Bureau".

(g) Home Affairs: Policy on social enterprise and legal aid are put under the Home Affairs Bureau, but matters relating to human rights and access to information were transferred to the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau, and development-related heritage conservation has come under the Development Bureau.

(h) Constitutional and Mainland Affairs: The previous Constitutional Affairs Bureau was re-titled the "Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau" to reflect more accurately the fact that coordination of HKSAR's relations with the Mainland is under the Bureau's charge. The bureau also takes up matters relating to human rights and access to information.

Key responsibilities under the 12 bureaux

The key policy responsibilities of the 12 bureaux are –

BureauKey policy responsibilities
Civil Service Bureau of the Civil Service
Commerce and Economic Development Bureau and industry; telecommunications; technology; creative, including film, industry; broadcasting; tourism; consumer protection and competition
Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau development of Hong Kong; coordination of HKSAR's relations with the Mainland; human rights and access to information
Development Bureau; land-use; buildings; urban renewal; construction and works and development-related heritage conservation
Education Bureau
Environment Bureau protection; sustainable development and energy
Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau services and public finance
Food and Health Bureau safety; environmental hygiene and health issues
Home Affairs Bureau administration; community and youth development; building management; legal aid; social enterprise; arts, culture, sport and recreation
Labour and Welfare Bureau alleviation; labour; manpower and welfare
Security Bureau security and law and order;
emergency response management; immigration and boundary crossing; fire fighting and rescue services; correctional services; anti-drugs, anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing
Transport and Housing Bureau services, maritime transport, land and waterborne transport and logistics development and housing

New organisation chart

Learn more about the new organisational structure through this chart.

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Last review date: March 2010

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