Taxpayers might have to foot the bill for two legislatures for up to five weeks from May 25, it emerged yesterday. The 60 members of the provisional legislature will be paid until June 30, according to the interim body's secretariat. This is despite the fact the body's last sitting will be on April 8 and the new legislature will be chosen on May 24. Traditionally, legislators' $60,000 salaries are calculated from the day after the election, so taxpayers may have to pay both sets of salaries from May 25 until July 1. It is likely that some politicians will be members of both legislatures. The secretary-general of the provisional legislature's secretariat, Ricky Fung Choi-cheung, said yesterday he would ask Director of Administration Carrie Yau Tsang Ka-lai to clarify the situation. But the interim body's House Committee deputy chairman, Ip Kwok-him, said there was no question of double payment. 'Unlike the 1995 legislature, those who are elected to the first SAR legislature on May 24 will only be legislators-designate, because the term of the interim body will last until June 30. 'Their salary will therefore be calculated from July 1, instead of from May 25,' he said. Interim body President Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai is joining 39 colleagues in taking a salary cut. The move, aimed at showing provisional legislators were willing to accept the economic hardship that other people were suffering, is part of a campaign initiated by Liberal Party chairman Allen Lee Peng-fei. But Mrs Fan said those who had not signed up would not be under pressure to do so. The 39 are foregoing a $3,500 increase awarded last October, which took their salaries to $60,830. Mrs Fan, whose salary rose to $121,650, will forego $7,000.