There was embarrassment yesterday as provisional legislators made their first declaration of interests since being selected for the China-backed body. Many who are dual members of the Legislative Council and its handover rival forgot to declare their $92,000-a-month salary and allowances for sitting on the present law-making body. When the declarations were made public yesterday, 17 of the 33 provisional legislature members who sit on both bodies had failed to register as Legislative Councillors. Among them was Ip Kwok-him, the convenor of the provisional body's administrative matters sub-group currently studying members' interests. Mr Ip, who was among five members to re-submit their declaration after the omission was noticed, admitted the dual role had caused confusion. 'It was negligence on my part. But I don't think there was any deliberate attempt to hide something,' he said. There was more confusion among the provisional legislators who also serve on the handover executive council. Tam Yiu-chung and Leung Chun-ying failed to register their membership of Tung Chee-hwa's inner cabinet, despite receiving an allowance. Only Henry Tang Ying-yen declared his membership. Pauline Ng Man-wah, clerk to the provisional legislative, said she had received many queries as to what must be included in the declaration. 'This illustrates members' seriousness. They would rather declare something extra than miss out something,' she said. Asked whether members would be penalised for the omissions, she said: 'Not for the time being.' According to rules to be endorsed at a council meeting on Saturday, the body can dismiss members if they fail to disclose their interests in full. Other omissions to emerge involved Hong Kong Progressive Alliance chairman Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen and unionist legislator Cheng Yiu-tong. Mr Lau failed to disclose financial sponsorship relating to his election to the interim body. Mr Cheng failed to mention he was chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions. Wong Siu-yee of the Liberal Democratic Federation failed to declare any of his interests because he was out of town. Ms Ng said she would write to Mr Wong reminding him. Members were asked to declare their interest on or before April 5. Yeung Chun-kam of the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance had the longest entry in the register, holding 211 directorships and 258 shareholdings. Meanwhile, 14 members do not own property in the territory while 23 hold property overseas.