The controversial National Security Bill will not be on the agenda when members of the Hong Kong Bar Association meet mainland officials tomorrow, a delegation member and vocal critic of the bill has revealed. Alan Leong Kar-kit, former Bar Association chairman and a member of the Article 23 Concern Group, said the delegation would not raise any political issues such as the national security legislation, as it would only be meeting commerce and trade officials. 'This is likely to be purely a working meeting following the Bar's earlier submission on the implementation of Cepa [Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement]. I cannot see what other topics could be on the agenda,' Mr Leong said. The delegation, comprising representatives of the legal, medical and accounting sectors, will hold discussions with central government commerce and trade officials on how Hong Kong professionals will cope with the implementation of Cepa. The delegation will be led by senior legal and trade officials from the Hong Kong government and will include three Bar Association members - Mr Leong, chairman Edward Chan King-sang and honorary secretary Andrew Mak. It was widely speculated that Bar representatives were excluded from an earlier delegation of local legal professionals to meet state leaders because of some leading barristers' criticism of the bill. The Hong Kong government withdrew the legislation last week following public protests. While saying the invitation for the visit was not a move by Beijing to repair relations with the Bar, Mr Leong said lawyers opposed to the bill would be happy to explain their stance to state leaders if they were given the chance in the future. 'If any invitation is extended to us, I would be the last one to decline the invitation,' he said. Meanwhile, Frontier legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing yesterday accused the government of helping pro-government parties in the upcoming polls by shelving the National Security Bill. Ms Lau said she feared the government would reintroduce draconian laws after the Legco election in 2004. She said while her party still believed there was no need for the bill, she hoped the government would not resort to the 'hard-sell' tactics it had deployed in the past year if it reintroduced the bill.