Britain has been urged to help the chief executive-designate and his team of principal officials become familiar with the situation before formally taking power.
The call was made by Lu Ping , Director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, in an interview in the People's Daily yesterday.
He said the 400-member selection committee would be formed in October.
It was expected the chief executive and provisional legislature would be named before the end of this year, said Mr Lu.
The chief executive-designate would then select the principal officials for the Special Administrative Region by the end of this year.
'During the period between the end of this year and July 1 next year, the chief executive will have to get to know the situation and begin to take up the role,' Mr Lu said.
'We hope the British side can co-ordinate with the Preparatory Committee so that the team-designate will be able to understand the situation as soon as possible.' Mr Lu said the provisional legislature would 'study some absolutely necessary laws that cannot be made by the current Legislative Council before June 30, 1997, so that those laws can be brought into effect on July 1 next year.' The senior official said it was likely that the resumption of sovereignty would not lead to a relaxation of the rules governing the entry of mainland people into the Special Administrative Region.
'Mainland Chinese citizens seeking to go there, either on business or for an assignment, will have seek special authorisation,' he said.