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Liang Junyan: The meeting of the Legislative Council has been unnecessarily delayed and plans to invoke Article 72 of the Basic Law "cloth cutting"

2020-10-28T10:39:22.137Z

The President of the Legislative Council, Mr. Leung Junyan, wrote to all members, stating that the current meeting of the Legislative Council has been unnecessarily delayed by some members. He described the progress as unsatisfactory. Since the beginning of this session, members have asked for the number to be counted 48 times, which consumes about Eight hours also refers to the fact that in the past two meetings of the Legislative Council, it took a total of 17.5 hours to complete the deliberation of an uncontroversial bill. Leung Junyan stated that he must strike a proper balance between respecting the rights of members and the effective operation of the Legislative Council to ensure that the Legislative Council, as the legislature, can properly exercise and perform the functions and powers stipulated in the Basic Law. Therefore, if any members continue to use various methods If the progress of the meeting is delayed, he will consider allocating time for the deliberation of the Legislative Council meeting in accordance with the power to preside over the meeting in accordance with Article 72(1) of the Basic Law.



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Written by: Wu Zhuoan

2020-10-28 18:26

Last update date: 2020-10-28 18:26

The President of the Legislative Council, Mr. Leung Junyan, wrote to all members, stating that the current meeting of the Legislative Council has been unnecessarily delayed by some members. He described the progress as unsatisfactory. Since the beginning of this session, members have asked for the number to be counted 48 times, which consumes about Eight hours also refers to the fact that in the past two meetings of the Legislative Council, it took a total of 17.5 hours to complete the deliberation of an uncontroversial bill.

Leung Junyan stated that he must strike a proper balance between respecting the rights of members and the effective operation of the Legislative Council to ensure that the Legislative Council, as the legislature, can properly exercise and perform the functions and powers stipulated in the Basic Law. Therefore, if any members continue to use various methods If the progress of the meeting is delayed, he will consider allocating time for the deliberation of the Legislative Council meeting in accordance with the power to preside over the meeting in accordance with Article 72(1) of the Basic Law.

The Legislative Council held a meeting today.

(Photo by Liang Pengwei/Picture of Profile)

Reiterate that parliamentarians have no right to Rab

Liang Junyan said that the meeting is now unnecessarily delayed. He described the government bills that bear the brunt. He said that since the beginning of this session, the bills considered by the Legislative Council are all government bills postponed since the previous session, and most of the amendments involved are technical. Sexual and non-material or controversial.

Past experience has shown that the Legislative Council usually takes less than 2 hours to process a similar bill. However, the Legislative Council has spent nearly 17.5 hours in the past two meetings to complete the deliberation of a bill, including about 1.5 hours. , To deal with the motion of suspension of debate.

Liang Junyan continued to point out that since the beginning of this session, members have asked to order the number of people 48 times, which took about 8 hours. The meeting was adjourned due to a lack of quorum. He has also pointed out that members' speeches were off topic or repeated repeatedly. The arguments of myself or other members, "In fact, it is a requirement of the Rules of Procedure for members not to keep reiterating the arguments of themselves or other members. As the chairman, I must implement the Rules of Procedure."

Liang Junyan said that the Legislative Council still has a large backlog of other matters that need to be dealt with for a long time, including 4 condemning motions, 16 summoning motions, and 7 motions by members with no legislative effect.

According to the 30 meetings of the Legislative Council scheduled for this session, if the time required to deal with oral questions from members, policy addresses, motions of thanks and 3 budget meetings is deducted, only less than 400 hours of meeting time are left for processing something else.

If the Legislative Council needs to spend close to 20 hours (ie at least two regular meetings) to complete a bill that is technical in nature and has no major controversy, it will not only be impossible for the Legislative Council to complete the relevant legislative agenda within this session , Let alone the handling of MPs' motions (including motions of non-legislative MPs that have been unable to handle since the last session).

Leung Junyan emphasized that some members should not only care about their own rights and ignore the rights of other members to perform constitutional functions, let alone prevent the Legislative Council as a legislature from properly exercising and performing the various functions and powers stipulated in the Basic Law, otherwise it would be equivalent to depriving the entire legislature And most other parliamentarians’ right to perform constitutional functions.

Call on MPs to put aside their political differences

Leung Junyan also said that he respects the right of Members to speak and request a fixed number of members. However, as the President of the Legislative Council, he has the responsibility to exercise the power to preside over the meeting under Article 72(1) of the Basic Law to ensure that the affairs of the Legislative Council are carried out. Orderly, effectively and fairly.

The court has long confirmed that the President of the Legislative Council has the power to restrict and terminate the debate. The Court of Appeal has also confirmed that any constitutional right to participate in the legislative process in accordance with the Rules of Procedure cannot include the right of Rab.

Leung Junyan stated that if some members continue to delay the progress of the meeting in various ways, he will consider the power to preside over the meeting in accordance with Article 72(1) of the Basic Law and allocate time for the deliberation of the meeting of the Legislative Council.

He also said that the current epidemic has not disappeared and the economy is in a downturn. He appealed to legislators to put aside their political differences, seek truth from facts, put the welfare of the people as the priority, do a good job in parliament, and jointly lead Hong Kong out of the predicament.

Members of the democratic legislature met with reporters after meeting Liang Junyan yesterday (27th).

They criticized Liang Junyan for unreasonably restricting Members' right to speak, and threatened that if the situation does not improve, they will be forced to fight back.

In addition, 19 pro-democracy members sent a letter to the inner meeting, requesting that three groups be formed under the meeting, including the epidemic prevention and anti-epidemic group, the unemployment assistance group, and the support group for small, medium and micro enterprises to discuss matters related to the epidemic.

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