Anson Chan Fang On-sang said last night that she and three other senior officials could face punishment from the civil service for their role in the disastrous airport opening. Mrs Chan, speaking during a Legislative Council debate on the debacle, said the civil service had a sound mechanism to deal with misconduct, negligence and failure to discharge duties. 'We will study the accusations against the officials named and take appropriate action if necessary. I and my colleagues are willing to shoulder the necessary responsibility and face the test under the same mechanism,' she said. Mrs Chan, the Acting Chief Executive, was giving an indirect response to a call from Cyd Ho Sau-lan on behalf of legislators from The Frontier for her to resign. Ms Ho said resignation would show the courage and commitment of the civil service in accepting responsibility for its blunders. Mrs Chan, Works Secretary Kwong Hon-sang, New Airport Project Co-ordinating Office director Kwok Ka-keung and his predecessor Billy Lam Chung-lun were singled out in the Legco Select Committee's inquiry into the airport debacle. Mrs Chan questioned whether it was fair for the report to draw conclusions without allowing those named to defend themselves - unlike the practice in the other two investigations compiled by Mr Justice Woo Kwok-hing and the Ombudsman. The administration attached equal importance to the three reports. 'The Government has accepted its mistakes and responsibility. Mr Tung and I have made an apology. Today, I again apologise without reservation.' Ms Ho argued that the culture of the civil service needed changing. She said that Mrs Chan, as head of the Airport Development Steering Committee, had been negligent in not following events closely after the airport opening was postponed from April to July 6. 'I hereby urge Mrs Chan to accept her historical mission, put aside her personal glory and shame and tender her resignation to set a good example that officials are willing to take responsibility.' Of the 26 members who spoke, some criticised Mr Tung for praising Mr Justice Woo's report before studying the Legco findings. They argued for greater accountability of the executive branch towards the legislature, and improved links between the Government and public bodies. Some cast doubt on the wisdom of assigning 'generalists' to be in charge of specialised jobs. Legco inquiry chairwoman Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee of the Liberal Party, lamenting the responses from Mr Tung and Mrs Chan, said: 'It's regrettable that senior officials have no courage to shoulder responsibility.' Democrat Lee Wing-tat said: 'So-called collective responsibility has become an excuse for 'collective no-responsibility'.' Chan Kam-lam of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong said Mrs Chan could not shirk her responsibility. 'Mrs Chan clearly bears a special responsibility. This is definitely a flaw in her civil service career.'