John Lee proposes new ‘interactive sessions’ at Legco
Chief executive John Lee Ka-chiu proposed on Tuesday a new “interactive sessions” to be held at the Legislative Council for lawmakers to help authorities in policy making and tackling important issues.
It is understood that the arrangement will be made applicable to the existing chief executive question-and-answer sessions, in which the city’s leader attends Legco meetings
to answer lawmakers’ questions about the work of the government or a specific event.
The first of the new meetings will be held on May 18 and will focus on the 20th National Congress and the "Two Sessions", Lee told reporters ahead of the executive council meeting today.
Lee said the new themed meetings will bring together the advantages of the existing question-and-answer sessions, motion debates, and policy address consultations.
Lawmakers will be able to ask questions and make comments during the sessions, Lee said, adding that he would also answer queries on matters that are not on the agenda.
Meanwhile, the chief executive will be able to consult lawmakers on setting priorities with policy-making, he noted.
“A bilateral communication will work better than government officials simply answering questions raised by the lawmakers,” said Lee.