Claims the Government was withholding a bill on right of abode from the Chief Executive-designate's office 'out of spite' were rejected yesterday. Tsang Yok-sing, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, made the accusations on RTHK Radio Three's Letter to Hong Kong. Mr Tsang said: 'It is widely believed that the Government has already drafted the bill, and is withholding it from the chief executive's office for no other reason than out of spite.' Should that be the case, he said, the Governor was reneging on his promise of support for Tung Chee-hwa's office and 'doing a grave disservice to the people of Hong Kong'. But a government spokesman said: 'This is completely untrue, as has been made clear . . . by the Governor, the administration and the Attorney-General.' Because the administration had provided no assistance, Mr Tsang said, there was a danger that right of abode legislation would become a source of legal disputes if it was badly drafted. Mr Tsang, a member of the provisional legislature, maintained that only the interim body could pass right of abode laws for the Special Administrative Region before the handover. Any doubt about the status of laws would be settled in court, he said. But the government spokesman argued there was no statutory or administrative requirement for this legislation before July 1. 'It will be the fact that the provisional legislature - which has no constitutional role in Hong Kong before July 1 - has purported to process legislation before July 1 that will expose that legislation to legal challenge,' he said.