Falun Gong followers have been promised they will not be discriminated against when applying to hold events in government venues, despite the recent attack by Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa. Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Paul Leung Sai-wah said yesterday his department would follow established procedures to screen any applications. Falun Gong, a spiritual group outlawed on the mainland in 1999, was allowed to hold an international conference at City Hall last month, prompting a number of complaints from the pro-Beijing camp. Last week Mr Tung branded the group as 'more or less bearing some characteristics of an evil cult' and promised to keep a close watch on its activities. But Mr Leung said: 'If any lawful groups or people want to apply to use government venues for activities, we shall follow the normal procedures.' Falun Gong's spokesman in Hong Kong, Kan Hung-cheung, said the group had no plans to hold activities in government venues in the near future. Meanwhile, Mr Leung said the department planned to contract out more services as the number of new facilities nearing completion could not be managed by the civil service. He added the department saved $120 million over the past year under its enhanced productivity programme.