Mr Tung was yesterday accused of failing to fulfil previous Policy Address commitments to raise the elderly allowance and turn the SAR into a world centre for Chinese medicine. Democrat Fred Li Wah-ming said during a Legco question-and-answer session that Mr Tung had not kept his promise made to the elderly last year. 'In your Policy Address you said you would finish the review of the elderly allowance within a year, and would improve the livelihood of old people who are poor. But it was not mentioned at all in your Policy Address yesterday . . . have you issued a blank cheque and not settled it?' Mr Li asked. His colleague, Law Chi-kwong, representing the welfare sector, said: 'You have not kept the promise, will you renew it again this year?' Mr Tung said the Government had done a lot for the elderly since the handover. 'On the problem of the elderly allowance, the Government is doing a detailed and long-term study and hopefully it will be finished in the next few months,' he said. Before the meeting, more than 100 elderly people protested outside the Legco building urging the Government to raise the elderly allowance, which is $625 a month for 65 to 69-year-olds and $705 for those over 70. Mr Tung also insisted he had never said the SAR should become a 'Chinese-medicine hub', when the leader of the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance, Ambrose Lau Hon-chuen, pressed him on the plan. In his 1998 Policy Address, Mr Tung said the SAR should become an 'international centre' of Chinese medicine. The Government had subsequently launched various legislative and administrative measures to support the plan. Mr Tung also pledged that smoking would be banned in all restaurants and hotels, despite catering sector representative Tommy Cheung Yu-yan's warning that it would damage the economy. 'I believe there is a consensus in society on the smoking ban issue,' Mr Tung said.