A consultancy study is under way to devise a way to monitor and co-ordinate food safety and environmental hygiene, the Constitutional Affairs Bureau says. In a paper to legislators, the bureau said various opinion polls had confirmed public support for the Government to take over these responsibilities from the municipal councils. Former director of urban services Albert Lam Chi-chiu is heading the study. Mr Lam has had wide-ranging consultations with government officials, public health experts, academics and the medical sector. He was expected to recommend an organisational structure which would provide strong leadership, ensure efficient co-ordination and prompt responses. The bureau also said it was considering several proposals to enhance the role, resources and composition of the 18 district boards. It was also drawing up proposals to address concerns of the arts and sports communities that responsibilities and resources in the two areas were fragmented. The bureau said more than half of the 4,900 submissions to the Government's review of district organisations agreed that the Government should assume direct responsibility for food safety and environmental hygiene. Most also backed retaining the 18 district boards, expanding their role and increasing their resources. But opinions on the future of the two municipal councils were divided. The number of people who supported dissolving the councils was about the same as the number who supported amalgamating them.