THE Liberal Party is the only grouping which provides extensive back-up services for its legislators. The conservative councillors indicated in their declaration of interests for the new session that they were receiving benefits such as the provision of research and other supporting services from their party. None of the legislators from other political parties declared they were getting such support. The 15 Liberal Party legislators, who are believed to contribute $10,000 a month to the party, enjoy services from the party's secretariat office in the Central Government Office as well as its headquarters in Central. But they will have to increase their monthly donation to $23,000 to run the party's Legislative Council secretariat and finance the operations of its future district offices. One member, Ronald Arculli, said the party was planning to set up a limited company with all member legislators becoming shareholders. The company would then take care of the party's Legco business. On top of the $23,000, all Liberal Party legislators will have to make a further contribution to the party, although the amount has yet to be finalised. At present, legislators receive a salary of $43,500 with a $73,000 allowance. In the liberal camp, the three directly-elected legislators from Meeting Point have to donate the largest share. On top of contributing all of their $73,000 allowance to the party, they have to give one-tenth of their salary. But Dr Leong Che-hung, who represents the medical sector, retained his allowance to run his ward office. Head of the Meeting Point's secretariat for legislators, Wan Chi-kai, said legislators' allowances were used to run the Legco secretariat and district offices. She said legislators' donations would not be used to subsidise party activities and the party might occasionally supply funds for legislators' functions. Among the 13 United Democrat legislators, the two functional constituency representatives - Cheung Man-kwong and Michael Ho Mun-ka - donate $15,000 a month, while the 11 directly-elected legislators give $20,000 every month to finance the secretariat office for legislators. Senior executive officer for the United Democrat legislators, Lau Sai-leung, said the total sum of donations from legislators was just enough to cover the 11-strong secretariat office. The functional constituency legislators, who were financially supported by their respective trade organisations, could pay less than their directly-elected colleagues, he said. Mr Lau said the secretariat would only serve legislators while party affairs would be dealt with by staff in the party's headquarters. Legislator Frederick Fung Kin-kee said he contributed almost all of his allowance to run a secretariat for his Legco work and to fund district activities. Mr Fung, chairman of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, said it was difficult to say whether he had subsidised party activities or vice versa because they were served by the same staff. According to legislator Tam Yiu-chung's submission, he continued to rely on the Federation of Trade Unions to finance his ward office. Although vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, he did not seek subsidies from his party, Mr Tam said.