NPC to explain Basic Law clauses
The nation's top legislature will give interpretations on Annex I and Annex II of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) in its next meeting from April 2 to 6.
A meeting held by the National People's Congress Standing Committee chairman and vice-chairmen held in Beijing on Friday set the schedule for the upcoming meeting.
The members of the NPC Standing Committee will deliberate on the drafting of interpretations on Article 7 of Annex I and Article 3 of Annex II of the Basic Law, involving Hong Kong's political development after 2007, which will be suggested by the meeting of chairman and vice-chairmen.
The meeting decided the draft will also be presented to the Committee for the Basic Law of the HKSAR under the NPC Standing Committee for consultation in accordance with the relevant provisions of the region's Basic Law.
The meeting also decided on other items of the agenda for the scheduled meeting, which included:
* First considering the draft amendment to the law governing the prevention and control of infectious diseases, the draft law concerning online signatures, and the draft amendment to the system of participation of the people's assessor.
* Considering a draft amendment to the foreign trade law for the third time.
* Hearing a State Council report on the establishment and improvement of the national rapid response mechanism to deal with public health emergencies.
* Considering a report on the inspection of law enforcement involving matters of scientific and technological progress.
Today's meeting also passed the main arrangements of the Standing Committee's work in 2004, the plan of inspections on the law enforcement and 10 work reports from the State Council, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate.
Legislation is still the top priority on the list of the Standing Committee, which plans to examine 20 draft laws in 2004. It also has made arrangements to publicize the amended Constitution on the celebration for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National People's Congress.
Law enforcement inspections planned at the meeting include laws on land management, animal epidemic prevention, compulsory education, trade unions and statistics in 2004.