RULES OF PROCEDURE OF
THE PROVISIONAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF
THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

MADE BY THE PROVISIONAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF
THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
ON 12 APRIL 1997.



PART N
MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS


82. Employment of Members in Professional Capacity

      No Member shall appear before the Council or any committee or subcommittee in a professional capacity for or on behalf of a party or in a capacity for which he is to receive a fee or award. (Amended 10 September 1997)



83. Registration of Interests

   (1) Except for the purpose of making registration of interests under subrule (2), every Member shall, not later than the date specified by resolution made and passed by the Provisional Legislative Council, furnish to the Clerk, in such form as may be approved by the President, particulars of his registrable interests.

   (2) Every new Member of the Provisional Legislative Council shall, within 14 days from the date of his becoming a new Member to fill a vacant seat, furnish to the Clerk, in such form as may be approved by the President, particulars of his registrable interests.

   (3) Every Member shall furnish to the Clerk, in such form as may be approved by the President, particulars of any change in such registrable interests, within 14 days of any such change.

   (4) The Clerk shall cause those particulars to be entered in a Register of Members' Interests and that register shall be available for inspection by any person during office hours.

   (5) In this Rule, "registrable interests" means �

         (a) remunerated directorships of companies, public or private;

         (b) remunerated employments, offices, trades, professions or vocations;

         (c) the names of clients when the interests referred to above include personal services by Members which arise out of or are related in any manner to his membership of the Council;

         (d) financial sponsorships, as a Member of the Council, by any person or organization, stating whether any such sponsorships include any payment or any material benefit or advantage to the Member or his spouse, whether direct or indirect;

         (e) overseas visits made by the Member or his spouse relating to or arising out of membership of the Council where the cost of any such visit has not been wholly borne by the Member or public funds;

         (f) any payments or any material benefits or advantages received by the Member or his spouse arising out of his membership of the Council from or on behalf of:

           (i) any government or organization of a place outside Hong Kong; or

           (ii) any person who is not a Hong Kong permanent resident;

         (g) land and property;

         (h) the names of companies or other bodies in which the Member has, to his knowledge, either himself or with or on behalf of his spouse or infant children, a beneficial interest in shareholdings of a nominal value greater than one hundredth of the issued share capital.



84. Personal Pecuniary Interest to be Disclosed

   (1) A Member shall not vote upon any question, whether in the Council or in any committee or subcommittee, in which he has a direct pecuniary interest.

   (2) A Member shall not move any motion or amendment relating to a matter in which he has a pecuniary interest, whether direct or indirect, or speak on any such matter, whether in the Council or in any committee or subcommittee, without disclosing the nature of that interest.

   (3) In any debate or proceedings of the Council or any committee or subcommittee at which a Member is present he shall declare any direct pecuniary interests which he has in the matter.

   (4) A motion to disallow a Member's vote on the ground of his direct pecuniary interest under subrule (1) may be moved without notice by any Member immediately upon the statement of the numbers voting in the division by the President, Chairman of a committee of the whole Council or chairman, but not otherwise.

   (5) The President, Chairman of a committee of the whole Council or chairman shall have discretion whether or not to propose the question upon such a motion; and in exercising such discretion he shall have regard to the nature of the question upon which the vote was taken and to the consideration whether the interest therein of the Member whose vote is challenged is direct and pecuniary and not an interest in common with the rest of the inhabitants of Hong Kong and whether his vote was given on a matter of state policy.

   (6) If the question for the disallowance of a Member's vote is proposed, the Member concerned may be heard in his place but he shall then withdraw from the Council, a committee of the whole Council, a committee or subcommittee for the duration of the debate and any vote on the question.

   (7) If a motion for the disallowance of a