Legislators are to ask the Government for more staff to help them cope with the heavy workload in the last legislative year under British rule. Twenty-nine bills are being scrutinised or waiting to be looked at by Legco's bills committees, having been tabled to the lawmaking body in the past legislative year. The Government has told legislators it will table about 90 new bills in the year which starts next month. At yesterday's Legco House Committee meeting, chairman Dr Leong Che-hung said the Government had told him about eight to 10 new bills would have to be passed before the handover next year. Democratic Party legislator Lee Wing-tat said the Government should allocate more money to the Legco Secretariat if it wanted Legco to pass the bills. Bills not passed by the end of this legislative session in June will lapse because China has said it will throw out the elected legislators. Legislators are to prepare for a public hearing into why the Government allowed former immigration chief Laurence Leung Ming-yin to retire without serving 12 months' notice. The select committee will be set up after a Legco resolution next month. Legislator Chan Wing-chan of the pro-China Federation of Trade Unions expressed reservations. 'I'm afraid we can't get more details about what happened because the Government and Mr Leung have been very tight-lipped,' he said. Liberal Party legislator Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee said she was confident more details could be obtained.