The Legislative Council is planning to enhance its mock council debates by offering pre-debate training sessions to give young people a better understanding of the city's lawmaking process. The three-hour mock debates give 60 young people a chance to pose as either legislators or government officials to discuss a bill or a motion in the Legco building on a Saturday afternoon. They have to do the job of a legislator, from preparing speeches to voting on motions. As government officials, they have to introduce bills and respond to motions made by lawmakers. Secretary general of the Legco Secretariat Pauline Ng said a special training session would be offered to participants before debates beginning next month. She said the session would brief participants on the law-making process and guide them through the procedures for debating bills. Ng said there would be more debates because they had been so well received. 'Feedback on the Mock Council Debates has been most positive and encouraging,' Ng said. 'Many participants said after attending them they began to develop an interest in public administration and might choose to pursue a career in the field.' First introduced in 2005, a total of 19 mock council debates have been held. Ng said youth organisations could apply to the secretariat for a debate slot on a specific Saturday every year to make planning easier. 'The organisers of these debates are very encouraged by the positive response of the participants and they wish to make it an annual event,' she said. 'The original arrangement of requiring applicants to bid for a slot [for only one year] did not provide them with the certainty to plan their activities in advance.'