A REQUEST for the Legislative Council to save time by dropping motion debates in its last few meetings was rejected yesterday. In a House Committee meeting, members were told acting Chief Secretary Michael Leung Man-kin had asked that the motion debates set for July 12 and July 19 be dropped because of the backlog of legislation. July 12 is when Democratic Party members plan to debate a motion of no confidence in Governor Chris Patten over the agreement between China and Britain on the Court of Final Appeal. In a meeting, members agreed not to ask officials questions and debate motions in the final Legco meeting on July 26. And the Democrats' leader, Martin Lee Chu-ming, said: 'When I am asked politely by someone, I answer 'no' politely.' About 30 bills are waiting to be discussed by members and put on the statute books before the council dissolves. The committee supported a demand by security panel chairman Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee for chairman Elsie Tu to write to Mr Patten, asking for a copy of a manpower study report by the police. Mrs Chow said the force had refused to let the panel read one of the 42 volumes of the report, saying it involved the security of Hong Kong.