Legco was forced to halt proceedings last night after a noisy quarrel erupted over procedural moves during a debate on building management. A section of the bill under discussion seeks to make it easier to form owners' corporations. Following developers' pressure, the Government put forward an amendment to exempt projects built in phases, which was vetoed. A compromise amendment by Lee Wing-tat was also defeated, leaving legislators to vote on a section which neither they nor the Government supported. Democrat Albert Ho Chun-yan then urged Secretary for Home Affairs David Lan Hong-tsung to shelve the bill. Mr Lan declined to do so or to explain what the next move might be. Mr Ho accused Mr Lan of being afraid to act because he had 'plunged into trouble with developers after the defeat of the government amendment'. He asked: 'Is Hong Kong ruled by the developers?' Other members suggested Mr Lan did not know what the next move was. The accusations angered Mr Lan. Jabbing his finger at legislators and raising his voice, he said: 'Nothing is out of control . . . everything is under control.' He said he respected legislators' votes. 'You are the honourable Legco members.' Mr Lan, who retires next month, added: 'The Government has bowed to no one's pressure. We also listened to lawyers' and accountants' views. Can you say that lawyers are ruling Hong Kong? Can you say accountants are ruling Hong Kong?' Legco chairman Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai eventually adjourned debate on the Building Management (Amendment) Bill until this morning. Ma Fung-kwok, of the New Century Forum, said the Government had not lobbied legislators for support. The bill also seeks to introduce a compulsory building management system and require owners to take out insurance to cover communal areas.