GOVERNMENT officials yesterday lavished their attention on new legislators - taking them to a hotel lunch and putting on a barbecue at Government House - before they get down to the nitty-gritty of Mr Patten's policy address on Wednesday. Last night, legislators and their spouses were invited to Mr Patten's home for a deluxe barbecue - held in the grand ballroom because of the weather. Earlier, about 30 legislators attended an informal lunch with Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang and Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Kam-kuen at the Island Shangri-La. Guests used the opportunity to complain that their expenses were too tightly controlled under recommendations by an independent commission in charge of members' expenses. Democratic Party members John Tse Wing-ling and Lee Wing-tat, on Mrs Chan's table, said they faced more restrictions on where money was spent, such as assistant's salaries, making it difficult for parties to pool resources to hire assistants. For example, entertainment expenses could not be diverted to other items. In addition, legislators in the new functional constituencies could not set up two offices, unlike geographically elected legislators who could keep an office in the Central Government Office and a district office.