Legislators passed a motion to condemn the Government for denying access to confidential Executive Council documents on the establishment of the Hospital Authority in 1991. The motion sponsored by the Legco Public Accounts Committee chairman, Eric Li Ka-cheung, was approved by a vote of 37 to 2. The committee has repeatedly asked the Chief Secretary to provide access to the papers after the Director of Audit, Dominic Chan Yin-tat, said last November that 3,150 senior authority staff would be paid $6.7 billion more in housing benefits than their civil service counterparts over the next 20 years. The committee needed to see the documents to resolve the question of whether Exco was fully informed of the authority's remuneration package. Moving the motion, Mr Li said he could not accept the Government argument that legislators should not have access to the papers because documents of Exco proceedings were confidential. The Democratic Party legislator, Albert Chan Wai-yip, said the Government should look at the contents of the documents rather than their classification to decide whether to release the papers. Independent legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing said she was disappointed the Public Accounts Committee had failed to play its role fully in supervising how the Government spent taxpayers' money. Pro-China legislators opposed the motion to condemn the Government, but backed calls for more information. In reply, Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang said the Government had to uphold the principle of keeping Exco proceedings confidential. It was against the public interest to compromise this and deciding whether to release any documents based on their contents rather than class would not be in line with this principle. Mrs Chan also rejected comments the Government had misled the Public Accounts Committee, saying the Government had tried its best to provide information to the committee.