Officials were accused of irresponsibility yesterday after they said they did not know which bodies subordinate to Beijing were in the SAR and refused to clarify the issue. The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the PLA and Xinhua were described as state organs in a paper presented to the constitutional affairs panel. The paper also defined subordinate organs of the central Government but did not give a list. Some panel members pressed Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Michael Suen Ming-yeung to clarify the matter with Beijing. Democrat Cheung Man-kwong asked how they would know whether an organisation would be exempt from Hong Kong laws if a full list of state organs was not given. '[Mr Suen] drafted it, so why can't he even explain it. Isn't that irresponsible? His attitude is 'we don't know, we don't want to know and we don't want to deal with the situation'.' The paper said the Communist Party was not one of the organisations and must abide by Hong Kong law.