A centralised system will be introduced to screen Guangdong people applying to stay in Hong Kong, Zhou Mingjian, deputy director-general of Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department, revealed yesterday. The new system aims to speed up applications and cut opportunities for corruption. The measures, expected to be discussed with Chief Executive-designate Tung Chee-hwa in Guangzhou tomorrow, are a response to the growing number of child illegal immigrants. Mr Zhou said the department would review the current quota allocation to ensure cities with many applications were given more places. The daily child immigration quota to Hong Kong from Guangdong province is 38, allocated between various towns, including Guangzhou, Dongguan and Shenzhen. 'Places like Guangzhou have an extremely large number of applications. Applicants may have to wait many years to settle in Hong Kong. But for applicants from remote cities the waiting time is much shorter,' Mr Zhou said. He said the department would try to handle applications from different cities direct, to minimise the city government's involvement. 'We would keep applicants informed of their application's progress and hope to give them an idea when their applications will be approved. 'This should help increase the transparency and reduce city government officials' chances of corruption.' Mr Zhou denied there had been serious corruption whereby official granted one-way permits that allowed mainlanders to settle in Hong Kong. 'It's only rumours. It is not possible for these middlemen to accept bribes. 'City governments have a responsibility as anti-corruption watchdogs,' he said. But he added: 'Some people might file their applications through the back door. That I don't know, I can't say. All I know is the cost of making an application is only 55 yuan (HK$51.37).' Mr Zhou said complaint boxes would be set up near the border to encourage people to report corruption cases. The department wanted to ensure maximum fairness. He said that, coinciding with the centralised system, a points system for would-be migrants was to be introduced. Child applicants with either a father or mother, or both, with the right of abode in Hong Kong would be granted the maximum number of points, Mr Zhou revealed.