Pro-democracy legislators reacted angrily last night after they were given less than 24 hours to decide whether to support the Government's solution to the problem. They said they were being treated as a rubber stamp. The uproar began when Anson Chan Fang On-sang told members during a special House Committee meeting that she could only answer questions for 45 minutes. Following protests, Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie and Secretary for Security Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee stayed another hour. But many members said they were appalled by the administration's failure to allow them time to study the decision to seek reinterpretation before debating and voting on it today. Unionist legislator Lee Cheuk-yan walked out in protest. He accused the Government of stifling public debate.'I think it's shameful. It is totally anti-knowledge,' he said. Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, the legal profession's representative, also left the chamber. 'I am not walking out as such, but I have no more time to waste . . . this is a very serious proposal which will have a far-reaching effect on the rule of law and the present legal system. 'And this is what the Government does - a very summary procedure. I think it shows the greatest contempt for procedures.' Speaking later, she said: 'This Government is not fit to govern. It's a castatrophe Hong Kong has fallen into its hands.' Emily Lau Wai-hing of The Frontier described the state of affairs as despicable and reprehensible. 'Over this - the most important issue that faces the SAR - they give us only one day to decide. 'No matter whether people want to stop all these migrants coming, I think they will not support the administration using such high-handed tactics to deal with legislators, reducing us to nothing but a rubber stamp.' The Frontier said it condemned legislators who supported the Government's 'barbarous' move. Martin Lee Chu-ming, Democratic Party chairman, said the Government had dealt a mortal blow to the rule of law. 'I think the Government is disgraceful, and that's the mildest term we can use. They are saying all the time that the Government will respect the rule of law, independence of the Judiciary and Legislative Council. In fact these are all lies. '[The decision] sends a very clear message to the international community - that the rule of law in Hong Kong has died,' he said. He lamented that many of his colleagues were willing to be regarded as 'a pool of mud' - supporting whatever the Government proposed. But Tsang Yok-sing, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, said the reinterpretation option was 'proper, legal and reasonable'. James Tien Pei-chun of the Liberal Party denied the Government's decision would dent international investment. Members will continue to question officials today.