The government should consider issuing a draft bill on Article 23 to allay concerns, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce said yesterday. It said consultation should be subject to strict time constraints so that a final bill could be passed by summer. The chamber's chairman, Christopher Cheng Wai-chee, said it supported the implementation of Article 23 but advised the government to consider a bill in draft form. 'This can satisfy both the need for substantive tightness of language and can demonstrate the sensitivity of the SAR government in going the extra mile to allay the unease of some members of the business community,' he said. 'However, we fully appreciate the difficulties the SAR government has in this matter.' The chamber's chief executive officer, Eden Woon Yi-teng, said it required consultation that 'should be as broad, as patient, as forthcoming, and as detailed as necessary to ensure that key community concerns are addressed'. He added: 'But it is not correct for some local and foreign media to portray differences of opinion on draft language or on whether a draft Bill is needed as being against Article 23.'