The Chinese legislature could be asked to look at children's right of abode if the Basic Law rules were found to be problematic, a Basic Law expert said yesterday. At issue is Article 24 of the Basic Law, which says that people of Chinese nationality born outside Hong Kong of permanent residents are entitled to right of abode. This provision has allowed children who have come to Hong Kong illegally to remain, prompting calls for the amendment of the Basic Law - something which can only be done by the National People's Congress (NPC). But Wong Po-yan, vice-chairman of the Basic Law Committee appointed to advise the NPC, said this was unnecessary. 'It's for the executive authorities to first enforce the Basic Law. If there are things they are unable to interpret, they can ask the NPC to pass it to us to study it,' he said. His view was shared by NPC Standing Committee member Tsang Hin-chi. Provisional Legislative Council President Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai said the SAR Government should provide a detailed explanation if it wanted legislation on the issue rushed through in one meeting. She said she hoped the taskforce headed by Chief Secretary for Administration Anson Chan Fang On-sang would find a solution. SAR Executive Councillor Tam Yiu-chung said the influx of mainland children had been expected. 'We are working hard on the subsidiary legislation and we will immediately table it to the provisional legislature when we finish,' he said. Mr Tam said there was no need to amend the Basic Law. 'We only need to have extra legislation to cope with the problem,' he said. Provisional legislature independent member Kennedy Wong Ying-ho said the legislation had been submitted to the Legal Department for scrutiny because of technical problems. 'Some of the law draftsmen in the Legal Department told me the subsidiary legislation has problems and they are reviewing and making some changes to it. 'Since we didn't get any assistance from the Hong Kong Government when we drafted the law, the technical problems are expected,' he said.