THE Government yesterday refused to say whether it was still committed to having the legislative arrangements for the 1994/95 elections in place before Legco's summer recess. The Secretary for Constitutional Affairs, Mr Michael Sze Cho-cheung, was quoted as telling legislators as recently as a month ago that the administration intended to have the bills enacted before the legislative year finishes in July. But in his reply to legislator Mr Yeung Sum yesterday, Mr Sze said he did not think it would be helpful to talk about absolute deadlines when Sino-British talks were underway. The third round of talks is due to start tomorrow. ''The Government is aware of the need to have the necessary legislation in place as early as practicable. But it would not be prudent for me to speculate the ways and means of achieving this while the talks are still going on,'' he said. Nor was Mr Sze willing to reveal whether it was an option for the Government to separate the legislation for district board polls from that for the Legco and municipal council elections and to table the former in the legislature first. He said there were a number of factors to be considered when considering the timing of introducing the bill in Legco. ''These include the need to give the current talks with China a fair wind to help ensure that they are brought to a successful conclusion. ''But we do not have an infinite amount of time. The necessary legislation must be in place well before the elections are due.'' He said he was very sure that China was fully aware of the exact dates of the elections in 1994 and 1995. But he refused to say whether China had been told of the need to set a deadline for an agreement. He agreed with legislator Mr Howard Young that, since the Legco polls were to be held a year after those for the district boards, the latest dates for legislative arrangements to be in place for those polls did not necessarily have to be the same. But Mr Sze also saw strength in Mr James To Kun-sun's arguments that, since the geographical constituency of Legco elections was much larger than that for district board polls, Legco candidates should be given more time to prepare. The British Ambassador to Beijing, Sir Robin McLaren - who heads the British team in the talks on political reform - said yesterday he was optimistic about the third round. Sir Robin arrived in Hongkong to meet Governor Mr Chris Patten and attend a special Executive Council meeting today. Container Terminal 9 (CT9) is expected to be completed on schedule despite delays caused by the Sino-British row, the Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands Branch, Mr Tony Eason said yesterday. The construction of the Tsing Yi terminal was approved by Exco last year but China had refused to agree to the project, saying the franchise extended beyond 1997 and must be discussed by the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group (JLG). However, Mr Eason said he was optimistic an agreement with the Chinese Government could be reached and ground work completed before August, even though JLG talks had been suspended since December. He said: ''We have to take a positive view. We know well that CT9 is required by 1995 if we are to meet the pressure on the port, therefore we have to keep in our mind that target time and do everything possible to meet it.'' Legco's Public Works sub-committee approved $158 million for the site investigation and design of CT10 and CT11 on Lantau.