THE Government has failed to act on a third of the motions passed by the Legislative Council, according to a survey conducted by the United Democrats of Hongkong. Party member Lee Wing-tat said this was extremely unsatisfactory and called into question the executive body's respect for the council. Of the 30 motions which have gained the majority support of legislators this legislative year, the party said only three had been implemented. The Government had turned down four, done nothing on six and was studying eight. Five were neutral in wording and did not require the Government to take specific action. The remaining four were either calls for the Government to maintain its policies or requests which the administration had yet to decide whether to follow. Mr Lee said: ''The present situation is simply: we have our own debates and the Government has its own policies.'' Mr Lee said this year had also seen several controversies in which Legco and the executive had vastly differing views. One was the row over the British National Overseas passports. Party vice-chairman Yeung Sum said that with the rising democratisation of society, the executive should pay more attention to the public. The Government should consider and follow the decisions of Legco members, whose status was recognised by the public. Mr Yeung felt directly-elected legislators should be appointed to the Executive Council to narrow the gap between the two bodies, and enable the inner cabinet to better gauge Legco's views. Directly-elected members could bring public views to the council. He also advocated the launch of a standing committee system in Legco, where each committee would be responsible for monitoring a policy area and scrutinising bills. The system would enable the Government to have a better feel for Legco members' positions. Legco is to debate the relationship between the Exco and Legco today. Since their separation, the visibility and accountability of Exco has been questioned by the public. But Professor Joseph Cheng Yu-shek, dean of the humanities and social science faculty at City Polytechnic, said there was no constitutional need for the Executive Council to explain government policies to the legislature. Executive councillors were the Governor's advisers and Exco was part of the executive arm of the Government. However there were political demands and expectations for the executive to explain its position in order to secure votes in Legco. Mr Cheng agreed the role of Exco was unclear, but he said that was because of its historical legacy. Before the two councils were separated, Exco members were deemed part of the ''fire brigade'', responsible for lobbying legislators and explaining Government policies to them. Now it was not clear if Exco should be in or out of this lobbying and consultation exercise.