The ICAC will review Legco procedures for expense claims in the next two months. At a Legco subcommittee meeting yesterday, the anti-graft body's director of corruption prevention, Thomas Chan Chi-sun, outlined guidelines it drafted at the beginning of the year for District Council members on the same issue. It had recommended that members not use their operating expense allowances to rent their own premises as their Legco offices, particularly if the rental was perceived to be higher than the market rate. It also recommended members avoid or at least declare interest in renting offices and hiring assistants among close personal friends or relatives. The Independent Commission Against Corruption guidelines also recommended general principles of 'fairness, transparency and accountability' should govern the use of allowances and operating expenses. Democratic legislator Cheung Man-kwong asked if functional constituency legislators hiring offices from their professional unions or clubs could fall foul of the guidelines. He called for the creation of a better system of declaring interests rather than a prohibition on renting from close personal friends. 'Any guidelines should be enforceable, fair, sensible and carefully drafted,' Mr Cheung said. Mr Chan said the ICAC would have to take into account the 'uniqueness of Legco'. He said that as long as there was proof that quotations were sought from several different sources before settling on a chosen one, a legislator's rental of an office should be seen as above board. The lawmakers also suggested creating a limit of value for the purchase of goods and services beyond which the lawmakers would be required to declare. The review of the guidelines was prompted by two incidents uncovered during the election campaign this year of legislators' use of operating expense. Democrat James To Kun-sun was accused of paying above-market rent for an office owned by Target Link, a company in which he has a 50 per cent share. Chan Yuen-han of the Federation of Trade Unions was accused of using her allowance to rent an office that was used by her union as a members' clubhouse.