The Governor's reply to the Legislative Council on the sudden retirement of former director of Immigration Laurence Leung Ming-ying will not stop legislators digging up facts, a Democratic Party leader said yesterday. Democratic Party vice-chairman Dr Anthony Cheung Bing-leung's comments came after Chris Patten sent the reply to the Legislative Council panel on the public service. 'It's apparent that the Government doesn't want to talk about it any more. We have all along said that Legco would follow up the matter.' In the letter dated last Wednesday, Mr Patten said he was aware of the interest of members in Mr Leung's retirement. But he said he had nothing further to add to the response which the Secretary for Civil Service, Lam Woon-kwong, had given in July and August. 'I am satisfied that in deciding to waive the [12-month] notice requirement in Mr Leung's case, the Secretary for Civil Service has properly exercised his authority, taking public interest into consideration,' Mr Patten said. Cheung Man-kwong, the Democrats' spokesman on the civil service, was not convinced. 'Obviously, [the officials] are trying to protect each other. If the Governor wants the public to believe what he said, he should immediately call for an inquiry into the case,' Mr Cheung said. Unionist legislator Leung Yiu-chung said Mr Patten's reply was what he had expected all along.