Newly elected Legco President Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai yesterday pledged to create a laid-back environment for officials and members to discuss problems. But the non-affiliated pro-Beijing legislator, who defeated non-affiliated member Andrew Wong Wang-fat, said she could do little to improve relations between the executive and the legislature. It is the third time Mrs Fan has beaten Mr Wong to the post. She won yesterday's contest by 38 votes to 21 having secured the backing of the Liberal Party, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance and some non-affiliated members. She called on her colleagues, who were sworn in yesterday, to help improve people's grasp of the functions of the legislature. 'After last month's poll, there were commentaries which said that some candidates had lost votes mainly because they attached importance to legislative work and neglected district work,' Mrs Fan said. Rather, she suggested, it showed that most people did not understand the function of the legislature. Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee, Liberal Party vice-chairman, was elected unopposed as chairman of the House Committee. Fred Li Wah-ming, of the Democratic Party, won the deputy chairmanship by a margin of 34 to 24. Ip Kwok-him, DAB vice-chairman, also sought the post. Mr Li said: 'I made 10 calls to non-affiliated members this morning to lobby them, but I really started late. I had hoped both Democrats and DAB could co-operate, but at the end they could not. The key to my winning is because I got the support of those members who are not explicitly pro-China and conservative. I am one in the party more easily acceptable by outsiders.' Non-affiliated pro-Beijing legislator Philip Wong Yu-hong was elected unopposed as Finance Committee chairman, while non-affiliated lawmaker Ng Leung-sing defeated Democrat Law Chi-kwong to become Mr Wong's deputy by 36 votes to 22. The Democratic Party may decide as early as tonight whether it will field a candidate in the Hong Kong Island by-election in December. Chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming said the party would also consider calls for all pro-democracy parties to unite behind one candidate, possibly not from the Democratic Party. Former Bar Association chairman Audrey Eu Yuet-mee has been suggested as a compromise candidate.