A taskforce will be set up to investigate the demand on government services of an influx of mainland children. Acting Chief Executive Anson Chan Fang On-sang pledged to beef up border controls when announcing the decision after yesterday's Executive Council meeting. 'I know there is considerable public concern and this is clearly a matter that the Government places a great deal of importance on.' Chaired by Mrs Chan, the cross-departmental taskforce will focus on three areas: Critically assessing the implications of the Court of Final Appeal ruling; Overseeing an agreeable mechanism for orderly arrival; Planning for the growing demand on various government services. The objective, Mrs Chan said, was to ensure eligible migrant children would arrive in an orderly fashion. She will be briefed by Director of Immigration Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong and Secretary for Security Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee this morning on the discussions with mainland authorities. Bureaus in charge of education, housing, welfare, health services, home affairs, security and immigration are expected to be involved. Police patrols at the border have been stepped up to stamp out a possible spate of smuggling of mainland-born children. 'For the immediate future, our task is to ensure the border controls are exercised with the greatest of care,' Mrs Chan said. The mainland authorities had pledged full co-operation with local police, she said. She reiterated that anyone who came to the SAR without the certificate of entitlement would be repatriated. Legco welfare representative Law Chi-kwong said the Government should make clear the maximum period a mainland child was expected to wait before being allowed into the SAR. 'Similar pledges for schooling are also necessary,' he said. Mr Law, of the Democratic Party, said some two to three years were acceptable as the numbers of those eligible could run into the tens of thousands. He urged officials to hammer out a mechanism for orderly arrival rather than wasting time in assessing the population. 'It is no use wasting time trying to find out something which has no definite answer. 'Perhaps they could base on an estimate, let's say 200,000, and review the situation three months afterwards.' Mr Law said delays would trigger confusion and enable smugglers to prey on parents anxious to bring in their children.