The new legislature is less efficient than the provisional body, legislator Ng Leung-sing says. Mr Ng, who sat on the interim body and was elected to the current legislature through the Election Committee, said Legislative Council meetings often dragged on for hours unnecessarily. He said motion debates were classic examples of time wasting. Legislators belonging to the same political party often repeated points. He said motions passed were not legally binding, and he had never heard of government officials changing their stance or even their reply after listening to members' views. Mr Ng came second of the 10 legislators elected through the 800-member Election Committee by securing 539 votes in May's poll. The non-affiliated legislator is due to be promoted to vice-chairman of the China & South Sea Bank later this month. The bank is one of 13 under the umbrella of the Bank of China group. Mr Ng's views were not shared by his colleagues in the council. Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong chairman Tsang Yok-sing said debates were part of the democratic process. 'That's what a legislature is about,' he said. He said most motions and bills were passed without much debate. However, he agreed attacks and counterattacks between political parties in debates had increased in the current legislature. Non-affiliated legislator Andrew Wong Wang-fat, also a member of the disbanded provisional legislature, disagreed with Mr Ng's view that the current legislature was less efficient. He said it was wrong for critics of the current legislature to say that it was a waste of time for a member to extend a meeting because their views would not be accepted anyway. 'If a member thinks that way, I think it's not worthwhile for him or her to be a legislator. He or she should be an official,' he said. 'If we hold that the existence of the legislature is not to deliberate, is not to debate, is not to speak but only to run the Government, why not be a part of the Government? Why join the legislature?' Emily Lau Wai-hing, of The Frontier, said democracy was not meant to be so efficient. She disagreed the current legislature was inefficient. 'I am all in favour of efficiency. That's why I proposed in 1991 that a time limit should be set for members speaking at Legco meetings.'