THE personal details of senior officials are being sent to China as a courtesy before planned informal meetings, Secretary for the Civil Service Michael Sze Cho-cheung said yesterday. The curricula vitae, listing general information and prepared by the Civil Service Branch, will be shown to the officers before being given to the Chinese side. 'It will be helpful for familiarisation and for deciding which topics to discuss in the meeting,' Mr Sze said, adding that he believed the Chinese side would give the same information in return. Asked whether sensitive information such as management comments on staff performance would be included, he said: 'Whether a civil servant performs well can be easily seen from the chances he obtained for promotion.' Mr Sze said the informal get-togethers, agreed by the two foreign ministers, Qian Qichen and Malcolm Rifkind, in London this month, should not be seen as interviews. 'As far as I know, the officials who are to attend the meetings do not have such worries. 'To be frank, there will be an interview one day,' he said. The chief executive designate of the Special Administrative Region would have to ask principal officials if they were willing to take the jobs. 'I believe an interview is needed but not now,' he added. Mr Sze said detailed arrangements for the meetings were being worked out. The aim was to offer Chinese and Hong Kong officials the chance to get to know each other better. Mr Sze said the 46 senior officials of ranks above D5 would attend. It had not been decided which policy secretaries and subordinate departments would be the first to attend. 'But I will suggest arranging those handling policies concerning people's livelihood attend first,' he said. 'Livelihood policies such as housing, welfare and education have a great impact on Hong Kong people and will provide topics for discussion,' he said. A suitable venue is still being sought. The Deputy Secretary for the Civil Service, Christopher Jackson, said the wastage rate of directorate officers was expected to be maintained at less than 100 in the next 12 months. He said the figure remained encouraging. In the 1991-92 financial year, about 190 left and in 1994-95, about 140.