Mr Tung's taskforces will be given confidential information to help prepare the setting-up of the post-handover government, Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Nicholas Ng Wing-fui said. Mr Ng was grilled by legislators at a Finance Committee meeting on the 1997-98 expenditure plan on criteria for supplying classified information to the taskforces. Lee Wing-tat of the Democratic Party was concerned that the taskforces - particularly the housing group headed by Leung Chun-ying - would be given information the public does not see. Mr Lee asked: 'Does the Government have any criteria for providing information to the taskforce, especially about land development, which would be useful to Mr Leung? 'Will the information include confidential material?' Mr Ng said the Government would co-operate with Mr Tung and his office if they asked for information to prepare for government. 'If they need any information which they think can assist the preparation process, the Government must consider trying to help them, including providing confidential information,' Mr Ng said. However, he said that any information would only be provided under the SAR executive council's principles of confidentiality and prevention of conflict of interest. He denied the Government had rejected requests from Mr Tung for information or manpower that had driven him to appoint the taskforce on livelihood. Mr Ng said the branch would apply for additional funding if the SAR government decided to conduct elections or alter the electoral system next year.