A proposal to cut the budget for the next Hong Kong International Film Festival was attacked yesterday by Provisional Urban Councillors. The Urban Services Department suggested expenses be reduced by $1.12 million to $7.28 million due to the council's tight budget. The proposal came in a paper submitted to the council's cultural activities subcommittee. The number of films to be screened would be reduced from about 260 this year to 180 next year. The total number of screenings would be cut to 290 from 310. The department proposed suspension of Chinese language subtitling, the Internet ticket reservation service and outdoor films if no sponsor could be found. Councillor Ada Wong Ying-kay, of the Liberal Party, said the Government had gone too far. 'We are talking about only $1.1 million. It is just peanuts. 'Do they really want to get the festival done well?' she asked. She said it was also ironic to abolish the Internet booking service when Tung Chee-hwa had stressed the importance of information technology. Other operational expenses, for example the purchase of vehicles, could be axed instead, she said. Under the council's budget, more than $154 million was allocated to buy vehicles including refuse lorries - three times last year's expenses. Democrat councillor Wu Chi-wai said the festival's expenses needed to be cut but not the programme content. 'How can you expect the public to see foreign language films without Chinese subtitles? 'The administration is moving backwards,' he said.