CHINA yesterday ruled out a say for Executive and Legislative Councillors in the formulation of the 1995 electoral reforms. It insisted the rules be dictated through Sino-British negotiations. The remarks, made by the New China News Agency's local spokesman, heightened fears that Beijing and London will reach a secret deal on the elections. Mr Zhang Junsheng, an NCNA vice-director, said only the Chinese and British governments could decide how the 1995 elections were run. ''There should not be any discussion in Exco and Legco on the electoral arrangements in 1995,'' he said. The Secretary for Constitutional Affairs, Mr Michael Sze Cho-cheung, had earlier pledged to Legislative Councillors that Exco would be consulted at every stage of negotiations between China and Britain. Last night, Foreign Office spokesman Mr Chris Osborne said Britain had not received a formal reply from Beijing on the resumption of talks. Mr Zhang said China was not mollified by the decision to delay gazetting the bill on political reform. ''If the British side really wants talks, they must accept the basic principle that all matters related to the handover of sovereignty and smooth transition must be decided by the Chinese and British governments through consultation,'' he said. ''This is clearly stipulated by the Joint Declaration and the British Government must stick to it.'' He said the British side had been spreading rumours about the softening of China's stance over political reform, and he criticised Hongkong for trying to exert political pressure on Beijing by unilaterally imposing a deadline for the tabling of the draft bills to Legco. ''The British authorities are doomed to fail if they attempt to use this [deadline tactic] to exert pressure on China,'' he said. Mr Zhang also made it clear that forthcoming bilateral talks would not discuss the reform package suggested by the Governor, Mr Chris Patten. ''Both the contents of the Patten package and the way he put forward such a package have violated the principle of consultation stipulated in the Joint Declaration,'' he said.