Vital bill ensures overtime for body

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 September, 1997, 12:00am

Provisional legislature President Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai expects the interim body's sitting next Saturday to run until 3 am the next day.

Speaking to the press at her new office in North Point yesterday, she said 'the scripts' for that sitting, scheduled to start at 9 am, would be 'very thick'.

Mrs Fan was speaking as at least 90 pages of proposed committee stage amendments to a crucial government bill - the Legislative Council Bill - were submitted to the provisional legislature.

She had received 15 proposed committee stage amendments, including those from the Government, to the draft legislation governing next year's election to the first legislature.

Fifteen provisional legislators have submitted proposed amendments, pending a ruling from Mrs Fan on whether they would be allowed to table them.

Mrs Fan said she had started reading the amendments and hoped to arrive at a decision on them by the middle of next week.

Like its usual Wednesday sittings, the interim body's sitting next Saturday will start with oral questions from members.

It will be followed by the Court of Final Appeal (Amendment) (No 3) Bill 1997.

At the House Committee yesterday, members agreed to Mrs Fan's suggestion that they would complete the second and third readings of the Bill on the Court of Final Appeal before resuming the second reading of the Legislative Council Bill.

Two motion debates - on information technology and high value-added industries - are also on Saturday's agenda.