The Legislative Council is set to follow the government's lead and introduce a five-day working week by the end of next year. The Legco Secretariat is currently drafting a proposal to put the practice in place. A spokesman for the secretariat said the proposal would first be put to consultation among staff before being presented to the Legco Commission for discussion. 'In formulating the proposal, there are two main prerequisites that we will observe. Firstly, there won't be any increase in staffing and resources. Secondly, the change would not affect legislators and citizens,' the spokesman said. He said it was hoped that the five-day working week could be implemented by the end of next year. The secretariat comprises around 310 staff working in nine divisions that cover council business, legal services, research and library, complaints and public information. Since the government introduced the five-day working week on July 1, companies including banks have followed suit. They have extended working hours on weekdays in order to have a five-day working week. Democratic Party legislator Cheung Man-kwong, who is a member of the Legco Commission, said it would be good to have a five-day working week for staff so long as it did not affect the functioning of Legco. But he said there may be some practical difficulties in implement the five-day week because of varying workloads throughout the year. 'For example, the workload is huge in the last few months of the Legco session,' he said. Mr Cheung also said it would be impractical for lawmakers not to hold meetings on Saturdays.