The relationship between the government and Legco had worsened over the past year - and both sides were to blame, Legco President Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai said yesterday. Speaking at a briefing on the recently ended legislative year, the non-partisan chairwoman called on colleagues and officials to learn greater mutual respect to better harmonise relations. Without naming specific incidents, Mrs Fan said: 'legislators were not happy with the administration over several incidents. 'The executive-legislature relationship was less harmonious in the previous year as a result.' Mrs Fan was apparently referring to Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's announcement last month of the resumption of sale of Home Ownership Scheme flats. Mr Tsang later said he had feared there would have been a negative impact had he told legislators first. Legislators have also complained about the government's decision to announce the awarding of the Sha Tin-Central rail link project to the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation to the media before informing them. But Mrs Fan said that while she shared members' frustrations, improvements had been made by the government, for which it deserved credit. She pointed out that Mr Tsang had told a Legco meeting last month the results of a consultancy study on the pay for senior executives at public bodies before officials had briefed the media. 'I did not find any legislators praising his act,' Mrs Fan said. 'I think we should pay respect to each other and try to be understanding. [If we do so] it will encourage the administration to do better. It is difficult to expect the executive-legislature relationship to be in complete harmony, just like blending milk with water.' On politically appointed officials, Mrs Fan noted that only five of the 14 appointees were incumbents. 'They need some time to adapt. The system has just been put in place [July 1]. It would be difficult to judge them based on their performance in the past two weeks,' she said. Some political appointees, such as Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands Michael Suen Ming-yeung, had failed to answer questions raised by legislators. Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung was criticised by legislators for asking his deputy to answer questions. On the failure of the some legislators to cast their vote on the anti-terror bill last week because they were having dinner, Mrs Fan said she would study ways to improve arrangements.