GOVERNOR Chris Patten has accepted recommendations to tighten guidelines governing the jobs civil servants can take when they retire. The rules have been changed in the wake of controversy over former police chief Li Kwan-ha's job with Cheung Kong. Mr Li is unlikely to face a penalty for failing to seek approvalbefore joining Cheung Kong when he began pre-retirement leave in July last year. A report to be published today contains sections on Mr Li's job and the guidelines. It was approved by the Advisory Committee on Post-retirement Employment chaired by Sir Roger Lobo last week and endorsed by Mr Patten this week. Secretary for Civil Service Michael Sze Cho-cheung said last night a copy of the report had been given to Mr Li. However, he said officials had decided to tighten the circular issued by the Civil Service Branch on the 'Acceptance of Outside Appointments After Retirement', which was published in 1990. An apparent loophole saying civil servants required the Governor's prior approval only before taking a job or 'engaging in any business activity the principal part of which is carried on in Hong Kong', has been closed. Mr Li had argued that his job with Cheung Kong was mainly concerned with business in China and he therefore did not need approval. The new rules require officials to seek consent if the companies they work for are based in Hong Kong. Mr Li is being paid $143,000 a month by the Government until his leave finishes in July this year. He will benefit from the 10 per cent pay rise recently awarded to civil servants. He decided to suspend his work at Cheung Kong last month pending the investigation. Mr Sze said although Mr Li's case had drawn much attention, it did not point to major problems with the guidelines. But he admitted some provisions needed to be tightened. It is understood the report did not recommend penalties against Mr Li, who could have faced losing his pension if he was found to have violated the rules.