The Responsibilities of the Provisional Legislative Council

       According to the decision of the Preparatory Committee on 24 March 1996, the Provisional Legislative Council shall perform the following tasks:

  1. To enact laws needed to ensure the proper functioning of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in accordance with the Basic Law, and to amend and to repeal laws where necessary;

  2. To examine and approve budgets proposed by the Government;

  3. To approve taxation and public expenditure;

  4. To receive and debate the policy address of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,

  5. To endorse the appointment of the judges of the Court of Final Appeal and the Chief Judge of the High Court;

  6. Participation by the President of the Provisional Legislative Council in the nomination of the six Hong Kong members of the Committee for the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress;

  7. To deal with other matters which have to be dealt with by the Provisional Legislative Council before the formation of the first Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.


       The same decision also provides that legislation passed by the Provisional Legislative Council before 1 July 1997 shall commence operation upon the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

       On 1 February 1997, the Preparatory Committee supplemented the above with a further decision which provides that the Provisional Legislative Council in the period up to 30 June 1997:

      * determines its own rules of procedure and voting procedure in accordance with the Basic Law and pursuant to the previous resolution of the Preparatory Committee;

      * scrutinises and passes bills; and

      * endorses the bills passed upon the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region before presenting to the Chief Executive for signing, promulgation and putting into effect.