THE composition of two disciplinary boards in the construction industry is to be changed in an attempt to bring them in line with the Bill of Rights. The Buildings Department said it wanted to remove the official members from the boards for registered structural engineers and registered contractors. At present, both panels are chaired by a Buildings Department official, with three members from the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Hong Kong Institute of Engineers and Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, plus a government legal adviser. Under a bill to be tabled to the Legislative Council in December, a member of the public will be appointed to each body, with the chairmen elected by the members. The changes aim to abide by Article 10 in the Bill of Rights, which guarantees everyone shall be entitled to a fair public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal established by law. The Government considered the existing composition, in which a government official chaired the body with judicial powers, was not sufficiently independent. Several other government departments, which have similar disciplinary boards covering registered professionals and contractors, are expected to make similar changes. Such disciplinary bodies are given legal powers when contractors and engineers breach the Buildings Ordinance.