THE Government Information Services (GIS) will stay independent from Xinhua and not become a mainland propaganda machine, a visiting departmental delegation was assured yesterday. The team, led by Director of Information Irene Yau Lee Chee-yan, received the assurance at a meeting with the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office's Deputy Director, Wang Fengchao. On the relations between the GIS and Xinhua (the New China News Agency), Mrs Yau emphasised that China had pledged the two organisations would remain separate after the handover. 'GIS now serves the Hong Kong Government. It will then serve the Special Administrative Region government after 1997 while Xinhua serves the Central Government,' she added. There would be no subordinate relationship or manpower exchange between GIS and Xinhua, Mrs Yau said. She rejected the possibility of GIS helping in propagating central policy. But she said the delegation had yet to raise the question of whether anyone would not be permitted to cover news after 1997.