THE Government is to make public the results of the investigations ordered into the affairs of the Allied Group and associated companies, World Trade Centre Group and Tomson Pacific, following pressure from legislators. The two reports - which are likely to be released this summer - will be the first investigations to come under public scrutiny, a move welcomed by legislator Emily Lau who took the Government to task for its high spending probes that then sank into anonymity. Acting secretary for financial services Tam Wing-pon said: ''As far as is possible, we should publish this kind of report. ''If something is wrong in the company, the public ought to know. If there is nothing, the public ought also to know. ''We are doing this at the request of politicians, Legislative Council members. When we tried to get money for the investigations, they all said: 'There is never a public report, and yet we spend a lot of money and the public has got a right to know'.'' The latest tally for the two reports - launched within a fortnight of one another last August - weighs in at $56 million, following extra tranches requested towards the end of last year. Since the probes were launched, Allied Group has hived off much of its interests to mainland parties - including Tung Wing Steel and Paragon, both named in the inspector's brief - while World Trade Centre Group is set to be the first company to be treated as a new listing, following its takeover by mainland giant Ceroil-food. Ms Lau, who was responsible for raising the matter in Legco debates, said yesterday she applauded the decision. ''Previously Legco just approved the money and never saw anything. This is at least a tiny step forward,'' she said. ''I welcome the decision, but they should have done it a long time ago: there are so many reports filed away. ''But we still have to wait and see how much they can publish. It could be a very bad report, it could be shoddy. Or it could be very good and detailed, so we have to wait and see first.'' Full publication will depend on constraints of law, and while the Government will push for as full a disclosure as possible, this could be scuppered by legal considerations. Mr Tam said: ''We very much would like to make the reports public subject to there being no over-riding reasons, such as in cases of anything that might prejudice the rule of justice. ''But that's merely a legal matter. As a matter of policy I would very much like the reports to be published as fully as possible.'' Fears of prejudicing the course of justice had held back publication of reports in the past, he said. ''That's why it is my wish this time to publish the reports, even if not in full, depending on the circumstances,'' he said. Mr Tam said that of the eight investigations between 1984 and 1990, none had been published because of possible prejudice to criminal proceedings. Ms Lau has noted that of the eight reports to date only one - Asean Resources, which went on to launch a hostile bid for Tomson Pacific - resulted in a refund. Both investigations are expected to be wound up shortly. Once the inspector has prepared his report, he must send it out to parties criticised in it who have two to three weeks to reply - longer if they claim difficulties with their legal representation. However, the Government is also understood to be motoring court cases and other delaying tactics through - as shown when director Ronald Tse Chu-fai tried to challenge the inspector's powers under the Bill of Rights, following this up with a second courtappearance - again because of public interest. Once the response period is over, it is expected the reports themselves - or at least extracts - will be issued for public consumption.