New Hong Kong deputies to the National People's Congress said yesterday they had already held preliminary talks to define and improve their role in helping Hong Kong with mainland affairs. In an interview with Commercial Radio, Bernard Chan, Choy So-yuk and Dennis Lam Shun-chiu said deputies were unanimous that they should ensure the public knew how to approach them to reflect their views and needs to the central authorities. With the greater economic integration between Hong Kong and the mainland and with mainland policies affecting the livelihoods of Hong Kong people, local deputies should also have a platform to explain these policies to the public, they said. Ms Choy suggested that an office be set up and deputies could take turns to be available to hear suggestions or assist with inquiries. 'I really feel there is a real necessity for this,' she said. The deputies have also discussed whether they should set up panels like those in the Legislative Council to maximise their expertise, rather than have some deputies deal with matters they were not familiar with. 'If you came to me with a medical issue, then perhaps I cannot be that helpful, but I can give better suggestions regarding the environment,' Ms Choy said. There are 13 new faces among the 36 deputies elected on Friday.