The post-97 legislature should have the power to subpoena some PLA garrison documents, Democratic Party vice-chairman Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said yesterday. He also suggested the Special Administrative Region and central governments reach a consensus on the maximum size of the People's Liberation Army contingent. Mr Cheung, a legislator, said the party had submitted the proposals to the Chinese authorities. The Democratic Party met Preparatory Committee member Xu Simin, a veteran pro-Chinese figure, a few months ago to discuss the PLA legislation. The talks were seen as an indication of China's willingness to listen to the party's proposal. Mr Cheung quoted the Security Branch as saying there were more than 100 ordinances relating to the power and privileges of the British Garrison in Hong Kong. 'Some of these powers should not be maintained because the role of PLA garrison does not resemble that of the British Garrison which has been stationed in a colony,' he said. He cited two examples which he said needed amendment. Under the present Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance, Legco can summon anyone to attend a hearing. But no body should submit any documents relating to the Navy, Army and Air Force unless authorised by the Governor. The ordinance should be amended so the future garrison could be requested to submit any documents not relating to national defence and foreign affairs, Mr Cheung said. The Governor had been Commander-in-Chief of the British forces, but the PLA garrison would not be headed by the chief executive. So there was a need to ensure the PLA garrison was more accountable to the legislature. He also suggested the PLA garrison be allowed to land in Hong Kong without Immigration Department permission, as British forces presently could. But the department should be told the number of servicemen stationed here and an upper limit should be agreed by the Special Administrative Region and central governments.