INFORMATION officers, who hold one of the Government's most sensitive ranks, are planning an unprecedented visit to Beijing in September to clarify their position after the change of sovereignty in 1997. Entrusted with the task of government propaganda under the British administration, the information officers are worried about a possible purge when Hongkong reverts to Chinese rule. The officers have requested meetings with officials in the Central Propaganda Bureau and the Hongkong and Macau Affairs Office. Director of Information, Irene Yau Lee Che-yun, was unaware of the request until confirmation that Beijing would accept the visit was received in late May. Following Beijing's approval, the association wrote to civil service chief, Anson Chan Fang On-sang, seeking official leave for the trip. A reply is still awaited. The chairman of the Association of Government Information Officers, Tommy Hahn, yesterday confirmed that an 11-member delegation would represent the association. But he said that an agenda had yet to be fixed. Contacts between Hongkong civil servants and the mainland Government are expected to increase on other fronts in the next few weeks. A delegation of senior officials responsible for the territory's annual budget will head to Beijing tomorrow for a 10-day study tour. China's budgetary system will be examined. Another training programme, for senior officials to improve their understanding of China, will begin in Beijing early next month. Mrs Chan, as acting Chief Secretary, said yesterday that a first batch of 20 government officials would take the seven-week programme.