LEGISLATIVE Councillors yesterday warned against any attempt by China and Britain to make a secret deal on Hongkong's constitutional reforms, amid growing calls to delay the legislature's debate over Governor Mr Chris Patten's electoral package. Liberal legislators are especially concerned about the possibility of a secret deal between London and Beijing should the legislative procedures to scrutinise the Patten package be blocked. It is understood that the proposal to freeze legislators' scrutiny of the bill on the 1995 electoral plan was put forward by Mr Allen Lee Peng-fei at a special meeting of leaders from five political groups last Thursday. Although the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood (ADPL) and Meeting Point pledged their conditional support for the delay plan, they stressed that Legco must not be reduced to a rubber stamp to endorse a compromise agreement reached betweenChina and Britain. United Democrats legislator Mr Szeto Wah said a resumption of talks did not mean Legco would have to postpone scrutiny of the electoral bills. ''Both sides need to listen to Hongkong people's views during the negotiations. If the bills being tabled in Legco can arouse more discussion, there will be more views to be collected that could be taken into account during their talks,'' he said. Opposing a delay, United Democrats chairman Mr Martin Lee Chu-ming yesterday warned that there should not be any secret deals between China and Britain over the future of Hongkong. Mr Lee urged the Government to honour its promise that Legco would be informed should there be an understanding reached between the two countries. ''The legislators should not just sit back and wait for the outcome of Sino-British talks, which are unlikely to produce an agreement acceptable to Hongkong people,'' he said. Miss Emily Lau Wai-hing said she was concerned about the possibility of a secret agreement, saying legislators should be fully consulted over the negotiation process. Mr Andrew Wong Wang-fat, who opposed the delaying tactics, warned both Beijing and London that any deal struck between them should be acceptable to Hongkong people in terms of the degree of democracy and its ability to preserve prosperity. ''At the end of the day, any joint agreement would have to win Legco's approval,'' he said. Miss Christine Loh Kung-wai strongly opposed any stalling tactics, saying that it was unnecessary for Legco to delay the debate just to facilitate the resumption of bilateral talks. ''China and Britain can enter into diplomatic discussion at any time they want. The most important point is what should Legco members do if they find the compromise resolution reached by the two governments is unacceptable to the people of Hongkong,'' she said. ADPL chairman Mr Frederick Fung Kin-kee ruled out any possibility of having a Sino-British secret deal because the bills must seek Legco's approval and be acceptable to the people of Hongkong. Mr Fung said a special working group of his party would meet tonight to determine the party's stand on the question of delaying the legislative procedures required to pass the bills. Meeting Point chairman Mr Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said there would be a crisis if Hongkong people's views were not fully considered and reflected in any agreement between Beijing and London, as in the case of the Court of Final Appeal. The chairman of the pro-China Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hongkong, Mr Tsang Yok-sing, also urged that any Sino-British talks be open and take into account Hongkong people's views. Co-operative Resources Centre (CRC) convenor Mr Allen Lee Peng-fei also stressed it was important for Hongkong people to be told of the contents of any talks and consulted on the blueprint for future political development. Mr Lee said the CRC was yet to decide how long the Legco debate on the bills should be frozen. Meanwhile, Dr Raymond Wu Wai-yung, vice-chairman of the pro-Beijing Liberal Democratic Federation and a Hongkong affairs adviser, supported the plan to delay the Legco debate, as he believed there was a good chance China and Britain could resume talks.