A major civil service group yesterday accused the Government of misleading the public by claiming that most of the administration's spending went on civil service salaries and related expenses. Financial Secretary Antony Leung Kam-chung disclosed last week that salaries and expenses of the civil service and subsidised organisations accounted for 69.5 per cent of operating outlay. But the vice-president of the Chinese Civil Servants' Association, Peter Wong Hyo, said pay took up 34.7 per cent while the remaining 34.7 per cent went to subsidised groups - a breakdown not given by Mr Leung. Speaking after a meeting with Secretary for Civil Service Joseph Wong Wing-ping, Mr Wong urged the Government to consult the staff side if it decided to conduct a review of the pay system. 'When the civil service reform was launched two years ago, it triggered more than 20,000 civil servants to take to the streets to protest as they were not consulted in advance. 'I think the Government should learn a lesson.' He said Mr Wong did not comment on reports that the Executive Council would discuss the pay review today. In a submission addressed to Exco, the association said the issue should be discussed rationally and not be manipulated as a political tool. The result should be beneficial to the neutrality of the civil service. The association is also asking to meet Mr Leung to voice its concern. A survey carried out by Democratic Party lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan found that 76 per cent of 834 people interviewed last week believed the senior executives of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Housing Society and Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation were overpaid. Their salaries ranges from between $4.5 million to $9 million a year. However, views were divided over whether the Audit Commission could effectively monitor their pay, with 37 per cent believing it could and another 37 per cent the opposite. Mr Ho suggested the legislation governing the statutory bodies should be amended to install a system on pay adjustments.