An emergency response centre is to be set up to deal with computer-related crises, legislators were told yesterday. The Secretary for Information Technology and Broadcasting, Carrie Yau Tsang Ka-lai, said the centre would handle problems similar to the Y2K bug and help counter viruses that posed a threat. Members of the Legco information technology and broadcasting panel were told the Government was committed to developing the SAR as a world-leading digital city. Mrs Yau said the Government would not be involved in the emergency centre as overseas experience showed commercially run operations were more efficient. Two applications had been received to run the centre. Financial help to start the centre would be offered through the innovation technology fund, managed by the Innovation and Technology Commission. The Director of Information Technology Services, Lau Kam-hung, said: 'The centre will have to be self-financing. We expect it to generate income through offering technical support to clients or consultancy services.' Other major policy objectives in the year to come include: Encouraging overseas film-makers to come to Hong Kong for location shooting; A trial scheme on contracting out some RTHK television and radio production; and, Creating an open and competitive telecommunications market. Yesterday's panel meeting began with a flurry of questions to officials - before legislators ran out of ideas and the meeting wrapped up 20 minutes early. David Chu Yu-lin, of the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance, urged officials to introduce policies to 'make mobile phones workable inside lifts', while non-affiliated Philip Wong Yu-hong called for laws to combat computer viruses. Financial services representative Henry Wu King-cheong proposed installing 'firewalls' - security software - in workstations in community centres or libraries to block indecent Web sites.