Exco urges closer ties with Legco

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 September, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 September, 2000, 12:00am

Exco should have better communication with the new Legco to foster an improved working relationship, executive councillors said yesterday.

Exco convenor Leung Chun-ying said: 'The role, responsibilities and rights of the two bodies are clearly spelt out in the Basic Law. More communication between the Legislative Council and Executive Council, I think, will work in the interests of Hong Kong.

'I think first we should have meetings with the newly elected Legco members. We're quite open-minded as to how it should be done. The key thing is the objective of working for the long-term interests of Hong Kong.'

Executive Councillor Tam Yiu-chung, also a newly elected lawmaker, agreed on the need for better communication, but said it should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Relations between the Government and Legco have been tense over the past three years. Some former legislators quit Legco saying the council could do little to influence the Government.