Mr Tung yesterday refused to promise unionists that there would be no more civil service job cuts. Legislator Lee Cheuk-yan of the Confederation of Trade Unions had asked for the guarantee. Mr Lee also cast doubts on whether the Government could create more than 30,000 jobs, as Mr Tung promised in the Policy Address. Another unionist lawmaker, Leung Yiu-chung, also asked Mr Tung to appeal to companies in the private sector not to lay off staff. But Mr Tung avoided the issue in a post-address Legco question time. When asked by Mr Lee whether he could make an immediate commitment that the Government would not lay off staff over the next two years, Mr Tung said: 'Mr Lee, we are now busy creating employment.' While acknowledging that the initiatives unveiled in his package might not satisfy everyone, Mr Tung said: 'I believe what we have done is correct.' Mr Lee said after question time that he feared the number of new jobs could be as low as 8,000. He said 24,000 of the 32,000 jobs outlined by Mr Tung had already been announced in relation to infrastructure and housing projects. He said he would write to the Secretary for Education and Manpower, Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, and the Secretary for Health and Welfare, Dr Yeoh Eng-kiong, to clarify the number of jobs to be created and when. Meanwhile, Financial Secretary Antony Leung Kam-chung said after a meeting with a coalition of eight political parties that the Government would consider their $25 billion proposal to help people during the downturn. Mr Leung said the Policy Address had 'in principle' dealt with the problems the parties outlined, but some measures would not meet the parties' expectations. 'Because the eight parties have been so sincere, the Government will study the proposals they put forward and will introduce them if they are suitable,' he said. James Tien Pei-chun, leader of the Liberal Party and convenor of the coalition, said he was happy that the administration accepted it had to work with the legislature during difficult times.