CHINA is to be consulted over controversial radio and television reforms in Hong Kong, following fears that Beijing's opposition had led to the legislation being shelved. The Government is coming under increasing pressure to finalise laws affecting the fast-changing industry, with the Democratic Party questioning whether delaying tactics were being used to avert a confrontation. The industry also wants the Government to push ahead with the proposed Broadcasting Bill, which will bring together and rationalise four unwieldy pieces of legislation regulating television and radio. The omnibus legislation, which has been mooted for two years, is also expected to deal with foreign ownership - a thorny issue with Beij-ing. The Recreation and Culture Branch has confirmed its intention of introducing legislation during the 1995-1996 Legislative Council session which begins on Wednesday. But the timetable would depend on the preparation of the bill, which is still being drafted, said a branch spokesman. The prospect of some delay before the reforms were introduced was raised when the spokesman said consultation 'may take some time'. The spokesman said China would be involved during the process of laying down a proper framework for broadcasting, which was expected to endure after the handover in 1997. 'We will consult the Chinese side at some stage before finalising the legislation for enactment,' the spokesman added. There were also indications the legislation would be tabled in February, if agreement could be reached with China. The Broadcasting Bill was embroiled in controversy during May when the then Acting Secretary for Recreation and Culture, Fred Ting Fook-cheung, said it was being shelved - a statement quickly denied by senior officials who said legislation was on the way. At the time, Mr Ting emphasised the importance of a 'smooth political transition' for Hong Kong. 'If we raise the bill now, we have to discuss it with China. It might take another year or so. It's 1997 by then,' he said. The bill is expected to cover technological developments such as satellite television and video-on-demand. Democratic Party Recreation and Culture spokesman, Andrew Cheng Kar-foo, urged greater Sino-British co-operation on the new bill. He said it should be introduced into the Legislative Council as soon as possible.