The Government has decided to withhold a scheduled replacement of all its large saloon cars in view of the economic downturn. In a letter to the Legislative Council's financial services panel, Secretary for Treasury Denise Yue Chung-yee reassured members the administration would continue to bear in mind the economic need for cost-effectiveness in future purchases. The Finance Bureau had earlier invited tenders for 155 large saloon cars in the government fleet allocated to senior officials. Emily Lau Wai-hing, a panel member, welcomed the decision, saying: 'Luxury cars cannot improve the image to become an effective government.' Meanwhile, the Labour Department launched a campaign yesterday to persuade more people to hire local domestic helpers to ease unemployment. Leaflets promoting the department's employment service for such jobs were distributed by management offices to five private housing estates. Posters and leaflets will also be sent to mutual aid committees, and distributed at more than 20 public housing estates. The drive follows a government survey last month that found 43,000 families planned to hire domestic helpers in the next 12 months. However, only 26 per cent had committed to hiring local ones and 29 per cent had yet to decide. Latest figures show 3,272 registered job-seekers actively seeking domestic helper vacancies. The Domestic Workers' General Union said it welcomed the campaign but warned against its effectiveness. Meanwhile, a coalition of 42 public and private sector unions will begin a 19-day territory-wide signature campaign today to demand the Government stop cutting its workforce and contracting out public services. The coalition also plans a 10,000-people march to government headquarters in Central on October 7, three days before Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa's Policy Address.