THE mainland's top spokesman on Hongkong affairs, Mr Lu Ping, yesterday reiterated that there would be no crackdown on the territory's civil servants after 1997. Mr Lu, the director of the State Council's Hongkong and Macau Affairs Office, was speaking as he left Macau after a conference on the colony's Basic Law. He said: ''China's policy towards the Hongkong civil service is consistent. ''While the civil servants are now working for the smooth transition of Hongkong, they will also work for the Hongkong Government after 1997. ''There will be no repercussions. [China] hopes that civil servants can put their hearts at ease and continue to work for the Special Administrative Region Government.'' Mr Lu sidestepped questions on whether the future of those government officials who had promoted the Governor Mr Chris Patten's political proposals would be at risk. He gave an assurance that there would be no reprisals against the police as long as they carried out their duties in accordance with the law which would remain more or less the same after 1997. Mr Lu's comments came after an official from the local branch of the New China News Agency had warned government officials that excessive enthusiasm in implementing politically sensitive policies might affect their appointment and promotion after 1997. He also said the agenda for the next meeting of the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group (JLG) was under discussion and the issue of Container Terminal No 9 would be included. ''It is impossible for the JLG not to hold a meeting. Both sides are now discussing the agenda,'' he said. A date has still to be fixed. The diplomatic body had not held a meeting since last December and missed its scheduled meeting in March. Meanwhile, two former Basic Law drafters yesterday claimed that Governor Mr Chris Patten's proposal for all legislators to remain in power after 1997 was unreasonable. Professor Xiao Weiyun, of Beijing University, said the question of whether legislators sitting on the 1995 legislature could continue in 1997 was irrelevant to the present Sino-British talks. Mr Xiao told the China News Service that it was stated clearly in the Basic Law and reiterated by the National People's Congress (NPC) that legislators should be confirmed by the Preparatory Committee before they could sit on the legislature after 1997. As the Preparatory Committee had yet to be formed, the Chinese Government could not pre-empt the committee's decision, he said. He refuted Mr Patten's remarks that legislators elected in 1995 should not be kicked off the through-train. ''All criteria leading to a through-train arrangement are substantial and subject to different interpretations,'' he said. The Preparatory Committee would decide who had upheld the Basic Law through their actions, he said. Another former Basic Law drafter, Mr Wu Jianfan, said the request that all legislators should straddle 1997 breached the Basic Law. ''This is tantamount to asking China to amend the Basic Law and the relevant decisions by the NPC. This is totally unacceptable by China,'' he told the China News Service. He said Mr Patten had been playing tricks after the resumption of Sino-British talks by asking China to agree that all legislators should sit through 1997. ''As a sovereign state, China would not allow those people who have burnt the Basic Law into ashes and have adopted a confrontational attitudes towards China to join the legislature,'' he said. Noting that Mr Patten had raised such demands knowing they would be unacceptable to China Mr Wu concluded that the Governor had no intention of solving the problem through negotiations. Any delay would allow Mr Patten more time to go ahead with the airport projects and the removal of Tamar base, he said. The pair's comments came just four days before the third round of Sino-British talks on the 1994-95 electoral arrangement is held in Beijing. The British side claimed that they would not allow liberals Mr Martin Lee Chu-ming and Mr Szeto Wah to be kicked off the through-train. But China maintained that was a decision for the Preparatory Committee.