LAWYERS in Washington, Beijing, London and New York will have the laws of Hong Kong - and any amendments - at their fingertips within six months of the handover. Law draftsman Tony Yen Yuen-ho said the Government had decided to load its 20,000-odd pages of law on to the Internet by late next year. 'We're still at the infant stage of the idea' Mr Yen said. 'We're having discussions on this but we have agreed it will go ahead; it's been formed into a departmental policy.' While leading a delegation of Crown counsel to Beijing and Shanghai late last year, Mr Yen suggested the establishment of a single computer system listing the laws of Hong Kong and China. Chinese law draftsmen were keen to learn from the territory's capitalist laws such as bankruptcy legislation and the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance, he said. 'At first I was thinking of a linked computer system . . . but our two systems are not compatible. The Internet seems to be the solution. 'The idea is that we put the Hong Kong laws and the laws of the PRC on the Internet. 'The problem is how to update the laws, because we update them very frequently. We'll need to maintain a team to do that.' Mr Yen chairs the information systems strategy committee, which must now examine costs and decide who will load the 600-odd ordinances on to the Internet. 'We might have to contract it out to an Internet supplier,' Mr Yen said. 'We haven't decided yet whether we will run it ourselves. We're thinking we could buy their services but provide the information.'