The Director of Public Prosecutions yesterday said there were no plans to create the post of deputy secretary for justice. Reports quoting Department of Justice officials had suggested creating the post to help share Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie's workload. Miss Leung has had an intestinal operation and is expected to be in Queen Mary Hospital for two weeks. Grenville Cross, SC, said he rang Miss Leung on Monday but she was quite weak and would need time to rest. Reports had also asked whether expatriate officers should be allowed to act for Miss Leung. Law Officer Ian Wingfield has acted for her during her hospital stay. Mr Cross said there was no plan to create the post of deputy and hinted there was no need to so. 'We created recently the Director of Administration and Development who helped Miss Leung a lot. Mr Lam [Sui-lung] is doing an excellent job,' he said. 'It is for Miss Leung to decide whether she needs a deputy as well as Mr Lam.' He said when he visited Beijing, his mainland counterparts were amazed that an expatriate officer led the delegation. 'Hong Kong does not pursue localisation at all costs,' he said. If people devoted themselves to Hong Kong over many years and showed commitment, they could retain their posts, he added. Mr Cross led a delegation to Beijing, Harbin and Dalian last week to meet officials from the Supreme People's Procuratorate, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Public Security and Supreme People's Court. He denied he went there to prepare courses for his colleagues. 'I've no secret agenda . . . I've no such plan to prepare future courses. Any course planned would respect the neutrality of the civil service. Nothing must be done to impair the neutrality,' he said.