Following is a question by the Hon Ma Lik and a written reply by the Secretary for Constitutional Affairs, Mr Stephen Lam, in the Legislative Council today (June 29):
Will the Government inform this Council of the standing mechanisms for cooperation or notification between the Government of the HKSAR and the Mainland authorities at present and, for each of these mechanisms, the purposes and date of its establishment, its updated membership list, the number of meetings held in the past two years and the matters discussed?
The main standing mechanisms for cooperation or notification currently established between the Government of the HKSAR (HKSARG) and the Mainland authorities in accordance with the relevant provisions under the Basic Law and the "One Country, Two Systems" principle are set out in the Annex with the requisite details. The list is not exhaustive as many different types of working
groups, technical groups and working level contacts have been established under these mechanisms.
Apart from the standing mechanisms for cooperation or notification, HKSARG policy bureaux and departments have, in accordance with operational considerations, established various other types of cooperation and communication channels with relevant Mainland authorities for working level contacts and exchanges.
Ends/Wednesday, June 29, 2005