Fears that lawmakers will be sidelined as the Government seeks to be more selective in bringing bills before the legislature for scrutiny have been dismissed by the Chief Secretary. Some legislators had claimed the Government wanted to bypass Legco by replacing legislative means with administrative orders. Legco House Committee chairwoman, Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee, said Donald Tsang Yam-kuen had denied the accusations at a meeting last Monday. She quoted Mr Tsang as saying it would be unlawful to adopt any other measures if legislation was the only legal way to conduct certain matters. She said Mr Tsang had explained that slots for Legco bills committees were limited and that it would be 'impracticable and unfeasible' to table a large number of bills within the same Legco session. However, he had promised to adopt strict standards in vetting items to be included in the legislative agenda. Mr Tsang said specific provisions would be deemed unnecessary if there were already general legislative provisions in law. Other factors to be taken into account included administrative costs. But non-affiliated legislator Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, who represents the legal profession, expressed concern about the state of affairs and urged Mr Tsang to clarify his position further. Mrs Chow said she would relay members' concerns to Mr Tsang and suggest he attend a Legco meeting to discuss the issue. Referring to criticism of the drafting standard of bills, she said Mr Tsang admitted the nature of some bills in the past was not clearly defined. Last April, Secretary for Commerce and Industry Chau Tak-hay apologised for the copyright law criminalising unauthorised photocopying of newspapers. The law attracted a mountain of criticism and two months later legislators passed a bill to suspend some criminal provisions contained in the law.