BEIJING: The Fifth Session of the Tenth National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) is slated to open on Saturday afternoon in the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing and will last 12 days, Wu Jianmin, spokesman for the session, said on Friday.

The CPPCC is a political advisory body consisting of both Communist Party members and non-party members.

The conference is due to end on March 15, Mr. Wu said at a press conference.

Jia Qinglin, chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, will deliver a report on the work of the CPPCC National Committee's Standing Committee over the past year, while Huang Mengfu, vice-chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, will report how the suggestions and proposals from CPPCC members were handled since the previous session.

More than 2,200 CPPCC National Committee members from throughout the country are expected to discuss the report on Government work delivered by Premier Wen Jiabao, reports on the work of the Supreme People's Court and Supreme People's Procuratorate, and the drafts of property rights law and corporate tax law.

New policies

China plans to issue new policies to punish celebrities and rich people for having more children than the state family planning policy allows, according to a senior Government official.

The move came as the Government witnesses an increasing number of complaints from the public saying celebrities and rich people are having more children than ordinary people.

``Celebrities and affluent people have more resources and are supposed to be role models, but their violation of family policy undermines social stability'', according to a netizen on the People's Daily website.

Most families that have several children are private business owners with high incomes and not affiliated to any Government organisation. A recent survey conducted by the family planning commission showed that the majority of celebrities and rich people have two children, with 10 per cent of them having three. Xinhua