Clarification is to be sought from China on whether children of migrants who return to the territory after the handover can decide which nationality to take. The confusion arose following decisions on nationality and right of abode announced this month by the Preparatory Committee. The ruling was that people returning to Hong Kong after the handover would have to declare their nationality to the Immigration Department if they did not want to be considered Chinese nationals. But a senior government official said: 'What about the children of these people? Do they have a choice? 'Can they choose a different nationality from their parents'?' He said the question was one of many that needed to be clarified with Chinese officials. But no date has been fixed for talks on the issue, although the 150-member committee approved the arrangements in a meeting in Beijing that ended on August 10. The official said the Government hoped to resolve the matter so changes could be made to the immigration laws. The official also said there was no point in the Democratic Party's 'go-it-alone' move to introduce their own proposals on the right of abode issue in the Legislative Council. Legislator James To Kun-sun has said his party would amend the 'cut-off date' provisions in the Immigration Ordinance amendment if it was tabled before the handover. He said migrants who were permanent residents should be able to retain their status regardless of whether, or when, they returned. The Preparatory Committee ruling means those who return after the handover with foreign nationality will have to remain in the territory for seven more years to obtain right of abode. The official said: 'How can foreign governments be assured of the right of abode issue if the laws have no future after the handover? Their [Democrats'] idea does not work. 'We can go ahead with political reform to elect a Legco in 1995. It's up to the Chinese if they want to dissolve it and set up a new one after 1997. The right of abode issue is a different case.'