Procurators have been told they must take supervision by legislators seriously and improve their work. The message from Procurator-General Han Zhubin was repeated in a circular which told the government prosecutors to 'strengthen relations with National People's Congress members, and actively and consciously accept supervision by the members'. The circular said that procurators must listen to any complaints by legislators even if they were not related to procurators' duties. 'If procurators receive requests from National People's Congress members for meetings, they must arrange such meetings in time and humbly listen to their views,' the circular said. Procurators must report back to legislators results of investigations of any complaints and petitions and should visit legislators regularly to listen to 'opinions and criticism'. Xinhua's report yesterday followed a seminar in Beijing on Monday at which Mr Han promised legislators that their suggestions would be taken seriously. Under the constitution, the NPC is the mainland's highest authority and is empowered to supervise the Government. However, supervision by legislators over the executive arm is weak and is often subject to interference by local leaders. Legal sources said a team of law drafters responsible for legislation on supervision over the Government had been dissolved since former NPC chairman Qiao Shi retired from the Politburo Standing Committee last September.