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The following are the compositions of the legislative council prior to the Handover in 1997:

1985: All elected as independents

1988: 12 in the Business bloc / 6 in the Liberal bloc

1991: 20 in the Liberal bloc / 7 in the Business bloc / 2 in the Beijing bloc

1995: 29 in the pro-Democracy camp / 26 in the pro-Beijing camp

Officers of the Legislative Council

Services to members were originally provided by the Office of the Clerk to the Legislative Council which was part of the Government Secretariat. Additional support later came from other administrative units, i.e. the Unofficial Members of the Executive and Legislative Councils (UMELCO) Secretariat and its variants, in consideration of the gradually rising volume of work in Council business.

With the establishment of UMELCO in 1963, public officers were seconded to UMELCO to assist members to deal with public complaints and build up public relations with the local community. During their secondments, public officers took instructions only from Council members. The practice rema



The following are the compositions of the legislative council prior to the Handover in 1997:

1985: All elected as independents

1988: 12 in the Business bloc / 6 in the Liberal bloc

1991: 20 in the Liberal bloc / 7 in the Business bloc / 2 in the Beijing bloc

1995: 29 in the pro-Democracy camp / 26 in the pro-Beijing camp

Officers of the Legislative Council1985: All elected as independents

1988: 12 in the Business bloc / 6 in the Liberal bloc

1991: 20 in the Liberal bloc / 7 in the Business bloc / 2 in the Beijing bloc

1995: 29 in the pro-Democracy camp / 26 in the pro-Beijing camp

Services to members were originally provided by the Office of the Clerk to the Legislative Council which was part of the Government Secretariat. Additional support later came from other administrative units, i.e. the Unofficial Members of the Executive and Legislative Councils (UMELCO) Secretariat and its variants, in consideration of the gradually rising volume of work in Council business.

With the establishment of UMELCO in 1963, public officers were seconded to UMELCO to assist members to deal with public complaints and build up public relations with the local community. During their secondments, public officers took instructions only from Council members. The practice remained when the Office of the Members of the Executive and Legislative Councils (OMELCO) replaced UMELCO in 1986.[19]

With the establishment of UMELCO in 1963, public officers were seconded to UMELCO to assist members to deal with public complaints and build up public relations with the local community. During their secondments, public officers took instructions only from Council members. The practice remained when the Office of the Members of the Executive and Legislative Councils (OMELCO) replaced UMELCO in 1986.[19]

In 1991, the OMELCO Secretariat was incorporated. As a result of the complete separation of membership of the Executive and Legislative Councils, OMELCO was renamed the Office of Members of Legislative Council (OMLEGCO).

The Legislative Council Commission, a statutory body independent of the Government, was established under The Legislative Council Commission Ordinance on 1 April 1994. The Commission integrated the administrative support and services to the council by the Office of the Clerk to the Legislative Council and the OMLEGCO Secretariat into an independent Legislative Council Secretariat. The Commission replaced all civil servants by contract staff in the 1994–1995 session.[20]