A review of the role and function of district councils has met with a cold response, with the Government receiving only about 20 submissions. The Home Affairs Bureau's two-month public consultation period ended yesterday. A spokeswoman for the bureau said yesterday that district councillors' opinions had been sent to the Government despite the low number of submissions. '[Senior officials of the bureau] had visited all 18 district councils and listened to their opinions,' she said. 'Most of them had already stated their opinions . . . and we have already jotted them down. They might think it was not necessary writing with their opinions to us again,' she said. The Government has not set a timetable for the implementation of the 28 recommendations in the consultation paper, which include giving more funding to councils and consulting them regularly on major government policies. The Legislative Council will discuss the issue in mid-October. Ip Kwok-him, who represents district councillors in the legislature, said he was not surprised by the apathetic response. The Democrats and the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) made submissions on the last day. The Democrats submitted a letter with 104 district councillors' signatures to the Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs, Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee, urging the councils' role and function be strengthened. Of the 104 councillors, 103 were directly elected. Only Ng Yiu-man, of the Liberal Party, from Wong Tai Sin District Council, is an appointed member. The Democrats urged the scrapping of all appointed seats, and the empowering of district councils with some administrative authority which the disbanded municipal councils had. They also suggested establishing an independent secretariat to ensure members could exercise their power. Chan Ka-wai, the party's central committee member, said Mrs Fung was positive towards the proposal. The DAB also urged giving district councils more authority in relation to municipal matters. It also suggested inviting the Independent Commission Against Corruption to draw up guidelines for all district councillors.