LegCo sees record 46 bills approved after rationality restored, says Legco head

Local | 28 Oct 2021 3:16 pm

This Legco term has seen a record number of 46 bills, along with many other financial proposals approved this year after rationality was restored, says president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen.

Speaking at Legco’s end-of-session press conference, the Legco head said the council passed all bills proposed within the current session, without any outstanding bill lapsing due to incomplete legislative process -- the first time since 2008.

He said Legco has deliberated and approved a record of 46 bills this year, 20 bills more on average than the past years.

Leung also said Legco has held a record of 49 meetings this year, but with the least hours within the four-year term. Leung added that since the pro-democracy legislators resigned en masse in November last year, there have been no adjourned meetings as the Council is more effective than before.

“This shows that previously, there were legislators taking advantage of procedural motions to obstruct the Council’s progress. Once the Council returns to normal, it indeed has enough time to deal with all the proposed bills,” said Leung.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive’s Question and Answer Session and Short Question, Short Answer Session at the council were also restored this year.

The Legco head said it is normal to see legislators unsatisfied with the government officials’ response.

“If they (legislators) cannot get an answer from the government officials, of course they will be unsatisfied... it also shows that Legco is not an ‘echo chamber.’”

“People should really find it suspicious if every government officials’ response at Legco satisfied the legislators,” he added.

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