HONGKONG deputies to the eighth National People's Congress will propose setting up an office in the territory to enhance their role in transitional matters. Thirteen of the 28 local deputies yesterday attended a meeting convened by local deputy Miss Liu Yiu-chu to discuss their future role. Speaking after the meeting, Miss Liu stressed it was important for the Hongkong deputies to the congress to strengthen internal organisation and their function as China's legislators during the transition period. ''The new batch of local NPC deputies is different from the previous deputies because we are going to take part in the formation of the Hongkong Special Administrative Region [SAR] Government,'' she said. ''We should play a more active role in supervising the Chinese Government's implementation of the Basic Law.'' According to the Basic Law, the deputies will become members of the 400-strong selection committee to elect the first chief executive of the SAR Government in 1997. In order to strengthen their role in Hongkong's transitional affairs, some local deputies proposed at yesterday's meeting that an NPC office should be set up to ease the work of the local deputies. But some deputies cast doubts that the office might constitute a second power centre in the territory. ''We will formally raise the proposal to the local branch of the New China News Agency and the NPC Standing Committee to discuss the feasibility and financial arrangement of the plan to set up an office,'' Miss Liu said. Supporting the plan to set up the office, deputy Mr Kan Fook-yee said the office would provide the necessary clerical support and venue for the local deputies to carry out their responsibilities. Mr Kan dispelled worries that the office would constitute a second power centre in Hongkong, arguing the work of the deputies would not affect the daily administration of the Hongkong Government. Also giving support to the proposal, another deputy, Miss Elsie Leung Oi-sze, believed a local office would strengthen the communication among the Hongkong deputies and it should not be regarded as a sensitive move. But deputy Mr Cheng Yiu-tong gave only conditional support for the proposal, stressing it must ensure the establishment of the office would not embarrass the Hongkong Government. ''The NPC is the highest power organ in China and we must clarify whether the NPC office in Hongkong will become a power organ as well,'' he said. ''Moreover, we should resolve the question on where the necessary funds will come from.'' Mr Cheng expected the establishment of the office to increase the accessibility of the local deputies.