THE Government appears to have accepted that its plan to increase public cargo area fees by 20 per cent will be defeated today and has made little effort to lobby for legislators' support. The Legislative Council is to debate the Government's proposal in today's session, and Liberal Party member Ronald Arculli will move a resolution to place a moratorium on the fees. More than 40 legislators have indicated they will support Mr Arculli and have also vowed, in the light of the weak economy, to reject soon-to-be-tabled proposals to increase 11 other business-related fees for public services. Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has repeatedly warned that freezing charges would contravene the Government's user-pays principle. He has not ruled out the possibility of raising taxes to cover any losses from a freeze. Legislators said the Government had not been lobbying them in an effort to change their minds. Independent legislator Eric Li Ka-cheung yesterday said the Government seemed to have given up hope that its proposal to increase the fees would be passed. 'In the past, I would receive more than 10 lobbying telephone calls from government officials in a week when we had to vote on major things,' he said. 'But I haven't received a single phone call from them over the past week.' Mr Li, who would support the government proposal, said the Government had not even asked him to say something in support of its proposal during the Legco debate. The Confederation of Trade Unions' Lee Cheuk-yan said the Government had realised its lobbying efforts were not likely to change the fact its proposal had a slim chance of being approved. But a government spokesman said the administration had not given up lobbying legislators. 'There's only one proposal to be tabled to Legco [today], and there are another 11 coming up in the first batch,' she said. 'The Financial Secretary will meet legislators and listen to their views on next year's budget later this week and next week, and he will take the chance during these meetings to discuss with the legislators the proposal to increase the fees.'