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This Note sets out the security screening arrangements for admission to the Legislative Council ("LegCo") Complex. For members of the public attending meetings in conference rooms or observing meetings in public galleries, please also refer to the "Note for members of the public attending meetings in conference rooms or observing meetings in public galleries in the Legislative Council Complex".

2.To enhance the security of the LegCo Complex and to enforce the relevant provisions of the Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance (Cap. 382) and the Administrative Instructions for Regulating Admittance and Conduct of Persons (Cap. 382 sub. leg. A) ("AIs"), all persons seeking to enter the LegCo Complex (except persons holding valid access cards issued by the LegCo Secretariat1Legend symbol denoting Access cards issued by the LegCo Secretariat include access cards or admission passes issued to Members, Members' staff, LegCo Secretariat staff, media representatives, public officers and contractors' staff, but do not include temporary admission passes for media representatives.) ("the persons concerned") are required to:

(a)produce their proof of identity (e.g. identity card, travel document) to staff of the LegCo Secretariat for inspection and registration; and

(b)pass through a metal detector archway and have their belongings screened by an X-ray machine at the entrance of the LegCo Complex2Legend symbol denoting Items which would normally be prohibited from being brought into the LegCo Complex include without limitation explosives, flammable liquids, corrosive substances, firearms and ammunition, devices for shocking, and the weapons prohibited under the Weapons Ordinance (Cap. 217)..

3.For the purposes set out in paragraph 2, staff of the LegCo Secretariat will register:

(a)the names and the numbers of the proof of identity of the persons concerned and their purposes of visit; and

(b)(to protect the interests of the persons concerned who are minors) the information that the persons are under 16.

4.When the Amber or Red Alert is issued by the LegCo Secretariat, all persons seeking to enter the LegCo Complex (including but not limited to LegCo Members, Members' staff, public officers, LegCo Secretariat staff and media representatives) are required to go through the security screening procedures stated in paragraph 23Legend symbol denoting For the purpose of paragraph 2(a), persons who have been issued with valid access cards may show such cards to staff of the LegCo Secretariat for inspection..

5.Any person who fails to produce his proof of identity for inspection and registration or pass through security screening will not be admitted to the LegCo Complex.

6.If the persons concerned so wish, they may provide to staff of the LegCo Secretariat for registration their telephone numbers for communication purposes in relation to their visits to the LegCo Complex.

7.All personal data collected will be handled in accordance with the requirements under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap. 486). The personal data collected will only be used for purposes consistent with or directly related to the original purposes of collection set out in paragraph 2 or 6 or where permitted by law. Unless required or permitted by law, the LegCo Secretariat will not disclose the personal data collected to any third parties without the consent of the persons concerned. The personal data collected will not be kept longer than is necessary for the fulfillment of the purposes for which the data is or is to be used.

8.Data access requests and/or requests for correction of personal data under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap. 486) should be addressed to the Personal Data Privacy Officer of the LegCo Secretariat who may be contacted at 3919 3014.

9.In accordance with section 8(3) of Cap. 382, the President of the LegCo has issued the AIs for the purpose of maintaining the security of the precincts of the Chamber and ensuring the proper behaviour and decorum of persons therein. Section 20(b) of Cap. 382 provides that any person, other than a Member or an officer of the Council, who contravenes AIs, or any direction given thereunder, regulating the admittance of persons to or the conduct of persons within the Chamber or the precincts of the Chamber, commits an offence and is liable to a fine of $2,000 and to imprisonment for three months.

10.Any enquiry on this Note may be directed to the Duty Security Officer of the LegCo Secretariat at 3919 3044.

Legislative Council Secretariat
1 May 2016




1Access cards issued by the LegCo Secretariat include access cards or admission passes issued to Members, Members' staff, LegCo Secretariat staff, media representatives, public officers and contractors' staff, but do not include temporary admission passes for media representatives.

2Items which would normally be prohibited from being brought into the LegCo Complex include without limitation explosives, flammable liquids, corrosive substances, firearms and ammunition, devices for shocking, and the weapons prohibited under the Weapons Ordinance (Cap. 217).

3For the purpose of paragraph 2(a), persons who have been issued with valid access cards may show such cards to staff of the LegCo Secretariat for inspection.