Legislators have rejected the quick passage of a bill which aims to close a loophole that has seen more than 200 boat people freed from the territory's detention centres. As the Government was forced to release another 47 Vietnamese in the wake of a Privy Council ruling last month, legislators said it was wrong for the new bill to be rushed through. Officials had asked for the three readings of the bill to go ahead in one day on April 24. But independent member Elizabeth Wong Chien Chi-lien said: 'It is really indecent haste . . . it is disgraceful. 'We are talking about human beings here and I am opposed to this speedy approach. I think the scope of the bill, the intended objective of the bill, must be carefully examined.' If passed, the bill will allow the detention of boat people which Vietnam refuses to take back. It would effectively repudiate the Privy Council ruling that it was illegal for Hong Kong to continue detaining 15 Vietnamese merely because Hanoi would not accept their repatriation. As a result, another 207 were released on April 2, while the Government said yesterday that another 40 could soon go free. Vietnam refuses to accept the migrants because it considers them Taiwan nationals. They are ethnic Chinese who were given Taiwanese papers because their families supported the Kuomintang. But they were driven into Vietnam by the communists. Secretary for Security Peter Lai Hing-ling warned that with 7,000 boat people still waiting for their return home to be cleared by Hanoi it was vital to plug the loophole before the Government was faced with having to release more. But it denied yesterday's releases had been timed to increase pressure on legislators to allow passage of the bill. 'After completing the examination of these cases, the Government decided to release 47 Vietnamese migrants from detention since their position also falls under the terms of the Privy Council judgment,' a spokesman said. Another independent, Christine Loh Kung-wai, was uncomfortable that members had not been told how many more releases would be needed unless the bill was quickly passed. But Mr Lai replied: 'By definition, I cannot know that number. If I did, I would have to release them because they are being detained illegally.' Meanwhile, it appears more open camps may be needed to accommodate the free Vietnamese. Pillar Point Refugee Centre, the territory's only facility for such boat people, is already full.