Influential people, including the chief executive, should help legislators visit the mainland, Legislative Council President Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai said yesterday. 'I've tried to talk to those influential people ... but there's no result so far. I hope people who have more influence than I do will extend a helping hand,' she said. Mrs Fan did not spell out which lawmakers she was talking about, but several pro-democracy legislators are barred from the mainland and have had their home return permits confiscated or cancelled. 'If legislators can go and visit the Pearl River Delta and understand its economic development, I'm sure it will benefit the work of the legislature in Hong Kong,' Mrs Fan said. She also expressed hopes that the relationship between the executive and legislature could be improved under the leadership of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and Chief Secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan. 'Legislators also have a role to play. There should be more communication so that they can understand each other's point of view.' Passing judgment on the first year of the third legislative term, Mrs Fan said it had been quite an experience dealing with new lawmakers during her eighth year as president. Eighteen of the lawmakers elected in September were newcomers - among them veteran protester 'Long-Hair' Leung Kwok-hung. Mrs Fan said she had had to remind her colleagues of the rules during the first three months of sittings, as the newcomers were not familiar with procedures. 'Some of them have their own style in conforming to our rule of procedure. I have to learn to deal with these situations,' she said. Without referring to anyone by name, she said: 'An individual legislator might think the way he opted to express his opinion best suits him. But it might not be permitted under the rules of procedure.' In November, the president expelled Mr Leung from the chamber after he accused her of bias. It was the first time since the handover that a legislator had been ordered from the chamber. Legco sittings resume on October 12, when the chief executive delivers his maiden policy address.