The pre-handover practice of publishing the legislative programme will be resumed soon. The government move follows strong appeals from legislators for the programme to be issued early. A spokesman for the Government said it was drawing up a legislative programme for the remaining months of the current session. It would soon be passing the programme to the Legislative Council. Despite the pledge to publish a programme soon, the government spokesman said it was impossible to publish a full-year programme. Last October, the Government deviated from its colonial counterpart's practice by not publishing its legislative programme after delivery of the Policy Address. The spokesman said a programme for the provisional legislature was not published with Tung Chee-hwa's maiden Policy Address because of the interim body's terms of reference. 'The provisional legislative council was only tasked to enact laws essential to the normal operation of the SAR, and to amend and repeal laws where necessary,' the spokesman said. But non-affiliated legislator Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, representing the Legal functional constituency, found the Government's excuse unacceptable. 'They should have let members know the legislation that they planned to table to the legislature in 1997-98, How could there be no plans?' she said. She said the lack of a full legislative programme for the current legislature so far had illustrated that the Government either had no planning or it was not transparent. The Frontier's Emily Lau Wai-hing was also dissatisfied with the lack of a full legislative programme so far. It gave people the impression that the Government was very lazy, she said. Democrat legislator Cheung Man-kwong said: 'The current state of affairs has created uncertainty in legislative work.'