LOCAL deputies to the National People's Congress have suggested there should be a comprehensive government policy to help them with their work following the right of abode controversy. The call was made after the ground-breaking Court of Final Appeal ruling on mainland children in which local deputies would be involved if amendments to the Basic Law were made. Local deputy Ma Lik, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, said deputies were seen as having nothing to do with the SAR Government as they had been chosen more than a year ago. 'The sole relationship between the Government and the deputies now is in the airport VIP rooms provided for us and dinner receptions hosted irregularly by Tung Chee-hwa, Anson Chan Fang On-sang and [Secretary for Justice] Elsie Leung Oi-sie,' Mr Ma said. Citing the mainland children row as an example, Mr Ma said the Government gave no back-up to deputies. 'I wanted to get a copy of the judgment and the Immigration Ordinance once the ruling was made. But I didn't know where I could get it or even which government department I could ask.' He finally succeeded in getting a copy from Miss Leung, not in his capacity as a local deputy but as her friend. 'One can imagine how ridiculous it was for a local deputy to try to get documents which are supposed to be [available on request].' The Government should also consult deputies through formal channels on the mechanism to amend the Basic Law, he said. Another deputy, Ng Ching-fai, described the ruling as a turning point for deputies to play a greater role in mainland matters. But colleague Peter Wong Man-kong disagreed with the need to strengthen ties between the deputies and the Government. 'The policy is very clear that local deputies should not carry out duties in the SAR. I don't think we should receive special privileges,' he said.