The People's Liberation Army garrison has set up a legal section to handle possible problems arising from its stationing in the Special Administrative Region, its political commissar Major-General Xiong Ziren disclosed yesterday. General Xiong, head of the garrison's Communist Party unit, told a seminar marking the seventh anniversary of the Basic Law that the team would be responsible for ensuring the garrison adhered to local laws after taking over defence duties. It would also deal with daily legal affairs in time, he said, without going into detail. The garrison was banned from profit-making activities or taking part in political, religious and social organisations, or any activities not worthy of PLA officers, he said. He pledged the army would not interfere with SAR affairs, noting it was neither subordinate to nor superior to the SAR Government. 'We are not subordinate to each other and we will not interfere in each other's business. The command of the PLA is with the central Government,' General Xiong said when asked if Chief Executive-designate Tung Chee-hwa could transfer troops. He said it was yet to be decided if mainland relatives could visit soldiers in the garrison. 'But, personally, I think they should be allowed to make visits in the long run.' Asked if there would be a ban on soldiers visiting 'entertainment venues', he said: 'This certainly presents a new situation for us. 'We have to make a further study of the situation . . . but our officers do have time off, they can go out, and they go out in an organised way.'