Increases in four more categories of government fees were approved yesterday when motions to block the proposed rises were rejected on the grounds the charges did not affect people's livelihood. The motions were part of a long-running battle between the Government and some legislators over fee increases. Lawmakers effectively approved increases in fees for club safety licences, builders' lifts and tower-working platforms, registration fees for fire service installation contractors and timber storage fees, defeating motions brought by Liberal Party leader James Tien Pei-chun and unionist Lau Chin-shek to block the rises. Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen, of the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance, supported the increases but called on the Government to reconsider the need for an annual renewal of club safety licences. 'These club houses also house alumni groups, religious groups and other non-commercial groups and if the increased fees are passed on to them, this may add to their burden,' Ambrose Lau said. Echoing the call, Democrat Sin Chung-kai said that if low-risk clubhouses were allowed to keep their licences for a period of two or more years, it would save administrative costs for the Government. The Democratic Party, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong and the Progressive Alliance supported the increases, whereas the Liberal Party opposed them.