Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen yesterday pledged to step up communication with Hong Kong deputies to the National People's Congress, but he remained non-committal on the delegates' long-standing demand for an office in the city. The chief executive also told 27 NPC deputies invited to a seminar at Government House that the government would co-opt more deputies into advisory bodies in the city. It was the first time Mr Tsang or his predecessor, Tung Chee-hwa, had canvassed the views of Hong Kong deputies to the NPC before the annual meetings of the nation's legislature. Deputy Allen Lee Peng-fei said that he had raised the issue of the status of Hong Kong deputies in Hong Kong and called for a joint office to be set up here. Deputy Priscilla Lau Pui-king quoted Mr Tsang as saying that the Hong Kong government had to discuss the issue of the formation of an office for Hong Kong deputies in the city with relevant mainland departments, such as the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office. Another deputy, Ma Lik, said Mr Tsang pledged to appoint more deputies to advisory committees in Hong Kong. A spokeswoman for Mr Tsang's office said he and the deputies exchanged views on Hong Kong's role in the country's development and economic and livelihood issues in the city. Some deputies called on the government to step up national education in Hong Kong.