LEGISLATORS are to put aside their differences to press for continued reporting arrangements of Hong Kong's human rights after 1997 when attending the UN Human Rights Committee hearing in Geneva. Members agreed at a house committee meeting to send a delegation to the Geneva meeting as long as it conveyed one message - that Hong Kong wanted reporting arrangements with the United Nations to continue after 1997. The two-day hearing on October 19 and 20 will be devoted entirely to Britain's fourth periodic report on Hong Kong under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Although the last-minute decision to send a delegation took nearly an hour amid heated debate, the major parties reached a consensus without resorting to a vote. The team will also monitor the Hong Kong Government's delegation. One of the team members, Emily Lau Wai-hing, was glad about the decision. 'This will show to the people of Hong Kong, the Chinese Government and the international community our unity on this issue [reporting arrangements],' she said. China has said it will not submit periodic reports to the UN on behalf of the territory after 1997 as it is not a signatory. But the Joint Declaration and Basic Law states that the international conventions - which include reporting arrangements - will continue to apply to Hong Kong after the handover in 1997. The Liberal Party's Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee said they agreed with the proposal because of the members' strong support and the ambit had been clearly defined. But an opponent, Chim Pui-chung, left early. He said a delegation could not represent all members' views. 'If you want to go, members should go in their personal capacity and not attempt to push their views on behalf of others,' he said.