THE Preparatory Committee confirmed yesterday that sub-group discussions on crucial transitional issues would not be made public, despite fierce criticism. An official from the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said press arrangements would not be considered. Details of the discussions would be tabled only to the chairman and vice-chairmen and the plenary sessions. Discussions would not be made public before conclusions were reached 'to avoid chaos', she said. Instead, press releases would be delivered through official news agencies on behalf of the committee. The office's director, Lu Ping, said final decisions on issues would be made public. He said the press should have been told earlier they would not be allowed to report the meetings. Unlike previous meetings of the now-defunct Preliminary Working Committee, there were no photo-call sessions for reporters at the beginning of the one-day session yesterday. Nor were there any spokesmen or sub-group conveners to reveal details of the discussion. It is understood only a handful of journalists from the official media were allowed in. Committee member Cheng Yiu-tong said members would face 'difficulties because reporters will put questions directly to them if there is no spokesman'.