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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 June, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 June, 1994, 12:00am

LEGISLATORS urged officials to press Britain to clear up doubts over the validity of the 125 laws passed since John Swaine replaced the Governor as Legco president last year.

They appealed to the Executive Council to discuss the issue at today's meeting.

Andrew Wong Wang-fat, chairman of the Legco Constitutional Development Panel, said he would table an urgent private notice question to follow up the issue if the Government failed to take prompt measures.

However, the Deputy Secretary for Constitutional Affairs, Leung Chin-man, said he could not make such a commitment. He agreed to reflect legislators' suggestions to his superiors and the British Government.

The Sunday Morning Post revealed that a clerical blunder at the Foreign Office had caused the amendment of the Letters Patent and Royal Instructions, enabling Mr Swaine to replace the Governor as the president of Legco, to miss essential procedures necessary to become law.

This, according to some constitutional experts, put legislation passed under Mr Swaine's presidency in doubt.