The economic recovery, underlined by the release yesterday of figures showing gross domestic product grew 4.5 per cent in the third quarter, prompted politicians to renew demands for the freeze in government fees and charges to continue. The Democratic Party said that although it was pleased with figures, the problem of high unemployment, pay freezes and livelihood pressures would go on. 'A government with vision and care for the people should continue to freeze fees and charges and drop the idea of new taxes such as land departure tax, and not dig into people's pockets when the economy starts to recover,' it said. The Liberal Party said the fee freeze related to people's livelihood and businesses should be continued through the next financial year. Chairman James Tien Pei-chun said: 'We should not be too optimistic. Furthermore, unemployment stood at 6.2 per cent and many are suffering. There should be no rush for the Government to raise fees.' Executive Council member Henry Tang Ying-yen called on the Government to 'give the people a break'. 'There are early signs of economic recovery. People are just beginning to get a break. [The Government] should give them more time to recover before considering fees increases.' A government proposal to raise about 3,000 fees for services, such as water supply, by three to five per cent was withdrawn this year after opposition from legislators. Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said: 'Two years ago when the economy was sound, everyone said we should not raise fees. When the economy turned bad, people again said we should not raise fees. When we should do it, then? 'We should understand the need to have discipline on some matters if we are to maintain a prudent financial policy, stable economic development and good investment environment.'