THE powerful committee formed to oversee Hong Kong's sovereignty transfer should set up a widely-based consultative body to gauge the community's views on transitional issues. Edmund Ho Hau-wah, a Macau member of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, made the suggestion during talks on the line-up of the Preparatory Committee. The 150 names are scheduled to be announced at the end of the ongoing NPC session today. Comprising 56 mainland and 94 Hong Kong members, the local team is largely made up of business leaders and pro-China figures. Names that raised a few eyebrows included former Basic Law drafters Louis Cha and Reverend Peter Kwong Kong-kit, television star Lisa Wang Ming-chuen, retired police chief Li Kwan-ha, Dr Patrick Ho Chi-ping, a leading ophthalmologist, and Frederick Fung Kin-kee, head of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood. Another important player from the mainland is Li Chuwen, former vice-director of Xinhua (the New China News Agency), who acted as the special adviser to Communist Party chief Jiang Zemin on Hong Kong affairs in recent years. Mr Ho said the dominance of business figures would help provide a smooth transition.