Taxpayers will foot the hotel bills of dignitaries invited to Hong Kong for the historic ceremony. Britain and China agreed yesterday their guest lists would include high-level representatives from other nations and international organisations. Breaking his silence over preparations, the Government's co-ordinator for the handover ceremony, Peter Leung Pak-yan, said the agreement meant special arrangements could be planned. The pro-China Association for the Celebration of Reunification of Hong Kong, which is planning events after the handover, said the agreement allows for it to organise activities which complemented the ceremony. At midnight, the ceremony will be beamed on to a wall of television screens at the Happy Valley racecourse, where tens of thousands of people are expected to be entertained by a variety concert featuring Canto-pop stars and Chinese performers. Mr Leung said entertainment, cultural, sporting and community events would start in May, but he would not provide more details. The Government is planning a handover concert to match the pro-China body's function on the night of June 30, according to sources in the entertainment industry. Among those likely to come to Hong Kong for the handover is Asia's elder statesman, Singapore Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who will be attending a conference at the same time. Prince Charles will lead the British side at the handover ceremony, although Buckingham Palace is only expected to confirm his attendance a few months before the date. Britain's guests are expected to include former prime minister Lady Thatcher, former governors Lords MacLehose and Wilson, and former foreign secretaries including Lord Howe and Douglas Hurd. China President Jiang Zemin will lead their delegation, but is not expected to arrive until the morning of July 1. Mr Leung said Hong Kong would follow international practice by paying for the accommodation of the invited high-level representatives and expecting them to pay for their own staff. The bill will be steep - top hotels such as the Peninsula and Mandarin are charging $5,000 to $13,000 a night on average for rooms during that period. A lack of co-ordination between the Hong Kong Government and planners of events after the transfer of sovereignty was revealed. Mr Leung said his office, as part of the Hong Kong Government, only had the power to organise events up until midnight on June 30. He said celebrations held after then would have to be co-ordinated by the Special Administrative Region government or the Preparatory Committee, and his office would consider in a 'positive manner' any requests from them. Informal contacts had been made with leaders of the Association for the Celebration of Reunification of Hong Kong, Mr Leung said.