A decision on whether to legislate against racial discrimination will be made early next year, a government spokesman said yesterday. He was responding to the concluding remarks of a United Nations committee that described the situation in the SAR as AAunsatisfactory''. AAAs the committee has acknowledged, we are currently reviewing the position with a view to determining the way forward in early 2002,'' the spokesman said. The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination issued its concluding remarks on Friday night after holding a two-day hearing on Hong Kong two weeks ago. It rejected the Government's arguments against the need for introducing legislation. The committee also said Hong Kong might be discriminatory to foreign domestic maids who were not allowed to stay for more than two weeks after contracts had expired. But the Government rejected this criticism. AAWe do not believe the rule is discriminatory,'' the spokesman said. AAThe rule's main purpose is to counteract the casual change of employers and to deter foreign domestic helpers from overstaying and taking up unapproved work.'' A full written explanation of the Government's position has been submitted to the UN committee.