A MEETING between a Legco bills committee and government officials ended with fierce disagreement on who should possess the power to issue stop orders to prevent tax evaders from leaving the territory. Members of the committee studying the Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No 5) Bill demanded that the power to issue stop orders should rest with the courts. But government officials insisted that the present legislative amendment seeking the transfer of the power from courts to the Inland Revenue Department was appropriate and compatible with the Bill of Rights. The move was described by legislators as ''retrogressive'' by transferring the power of the courts to the executive. The legislators even suggested that judges be given discretion to consider each application rather than acting as a rubber stamp, as they do under current legislation. Committee chairman Mr Moses Cheng Mo-chi rejected the Government's argument that the application to the court would warn tax dodgers, adding the Government could ask for an ex-parte application which would not require informing the person in question. Government officials said they would give a reply later.