Another 156 mainland troops will arrive in Hong Kong within the next two weeks to prepare for defence duties after the handover. A force of 66 soldiers will arrive on Monday, followed by 90 more on May 30, bringing the People's Liberation Army pre-handover presence in the territory to 196. Agreement on the new PLA deployments was announced by the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group yesterday and follows last month's arrival of an advance guard of 40 mainland troops. Most of the new troops will be housed in military bases still used by the British or which have been handed back to the Government, but 14 will be housed in Bonham Towers, a block of flats used as married quarters in the heart of Mid-Levels. The troops will be unarmed, required to abide by local laws and not be allowed to wear uniforms outside barracks, as with the advance party that arrived on April 21. They will assist in making arrangements for when the bulk of the Special Administrative Region troops arrive after July 1. Most of the new arrivals will be housed in small groups in military bases across the territory, though some will join the personnel currently here at the Prince of Wales Barracks in Central and on Stonecutters Island. The Government has prepared accommodation for 33 men in the second advance party to stay at Sek Kong and 14 to live at Gun Club Hill Barracks in Kowloon, while six will join colleagues in Central and 13 will go to Stonecutters. Of the second group, 20 will go to Central, 14 to each of Cassino Lines and Gallipoli Lines in the New Territories, 14 to Bonham Towers, 14 to Stanley Fort and 14 to Osborn Barracks. A government spokesman said: 'They will familiarise themselves with Hong Kong and the barracks that they will take over, liaise with the British Forces and the Hong Kong Government and co-ordinate communications support and movement of supplies.' A JLG source said Britain and China were satisfied with the progress of the first PLA deployment. 'This is just further reinforcement,' he said. A senior government source said the first batch of troops had been 'extremely low-key', which had helped deflect apprehension about the PLA's arrival.