Members of the provisional legislature are to receive a slightly higher salary than incumbent Legco members, the commission said. No decision had been reached on the precise amount. The commission also recommended the 33 Legco members also on the provisional legislature not receive salaries for their pre-July 1 work. But they can claim expenses for entertainment, transport, setting up offices and recruiting staff. The 27 non-incumbents in the interim body will receive a lump sum of $100,000 for their work in Shenzhen over the 'exceptional period' between February 1 and June 30. From July 1 onwards, all 60 members would be entitled to the same salary. It is understood the incumbent Legco members opposed the commission's recommendation not to pay them. Commission member Professor Lau Siu-kai said: 'We have considered members' input before coming up with our recommendations. But it is difficult to satisfy everybody.' On the thinking behind the recommendations, he added: 'Public reaction is a very important factor. 'We have to consider possible public reaction to the system of remuneration and ensure the recommendations are instrumental in the image-building of these institutions and of help to their credibility and legitimacy. 'The recommendations should not give the public an impression that they are paid too much or too little.' Professor Lau said the number of meetings in Shenzhen had been considered as well as the fact it had operated outside Hong Kong.