REPRESENTATIVES of employers and employees in the Labour Advisory Board clashed yesterday over their role in monitoring the new Supplementary Labour Scheme. The employees' representatives argued access to application details would make it easier to monitor the 5,000 imported labour quotas under the scheme, to take effect in January. However, employers believed releasing company information such as names and addresses would breach commercial confidentiality. The Commissioner for Labour, Stephen Ip Shu-kwan, said the department would submit a paper to clarify the parameters in the next two weeks. 'My feeling is that both the employer and employee representatives feel that it is better for the board to take up the role. But there are many details we need to work out,' he said. The paper would aim to re-define the unprecedented role of the board as a monitoring agent, its supervisory powers, the amount of information they would have, and their rights to hear complaints. An employees' representative, Leung Fu-wah, said the employers had failed to trust them because of possible conflict of interest. 'I am a unionist and I am also a board member. The employers may fear that we would use the information to organise protests. But I can assure you we will not do it,' Mr Leung said. A member on the employers' side, Joseph Lau Man-wai, demanded company information be made confidential under secret codes when it was examined by the board. 'We should not ask the employers to disclose the salary and position available in the company simply because it applies to import foreign workers. It is not fair,' he said. The new imported labour scheme will replace the existing general labour importation scheme which had a quota of 25,000 a year.