THE influential Business and Professional Federation will seek assurances from Chinese leaders on the legality of the provisional legislature during a forthcoming visit to Beijing. The 20-strong team, to be led by former chairman Vincent Lo Hong-sui and Chairman Edward Ho Sing-tin, will tell of the concernsin the business community over the legal status of the interim lawmaking body. The business lobby is believed to be concerned about the Chinese plan to set up a provisional legislature to replace the Legislative Council after the 1997 handover. It is keen to seek clarification from Chinese officials on the length of the term of the provisional body, its powers, jurisdictions and composition. China's intention to install a provisional legislature with a term of at least six months has aroused some concerns over the continuity of the political structure and legal status of laws enacted by the body. The delegation, due in Beijing at the end of the month, is expected to be met by Vice-Premier Qian Qichen, Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office Director Lu Ping and top trade and economic officials. It is likely that the Chinese President, Jiang Zemin, and Premier Li Peng will also meet the delegates. The business lobby is also expected to raise the issue of the Court of Final Appeal (CFA) and the smooth transition of the civil service during the visit. It will reiterate its wish to see the early establishment of the ultimate channel of appeal for justice. Senior Government officials, including Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang, have appealed to business leaders to lobby China for its early blessing for the CFA bill. Some business leaders, however, say the British side is also at fault for the slow progress of the CFA plan. One said: 'It's difficult for the British side to justify not doing anything since the two sides reached the [CFA] agreement in 1991.' On the civil service, the delegation plans to underscore the significance of keeping a stable administration, which will be essential in the maintenance of stability.