The Secretary for Justice yesterday softened her tone against calls for a White Bill detailing Article 23 legislation, saying that no final decision has been reached. Elsie Leung Oi-sie said the Justice Department will soon start drafting a bill, and that the Security Bureau will decide if it is to be a blue bill or a white bill. A white bill will spell out the proposed legislation for public scrutiny, while a blue bill will be presented directly to Legco. The government has previously dismissed the need for a white bill. Calls for a white bill have mounted during the consultation process and have come from a wide variety of sectors in Hong Kong as well as from the international community. Miss Leung's comment was in line with the position taken by Secretary for Security Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, who told academics on Friday that she had not ruled out issuing the white bill. However, Mrs Ip was also quoted as saying this would be up to the Executive Council to decide. Solicitor-General Bob Allcock said yesterday he understood that some people were 'sincerely worried' about the government's Article 23 proposal. Speaking on RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong , Mr Allcock said: 'When the proposals were first released in September this year, initial reactions were quite favourable. But, as time has gone by, concern has grown. Having attended many meetings on this subject, I know that some people are sincerely worried.' A draft bill, to be issued in February, would be the beginning of the second stage of the government's consultation process. 'That second stage will, I am sure, lead to further suggestions on ways to improve the proposed new laws. And I have no doubt that the bill will be amended before it is enacted by the Legislative Council,' he said. Mr Allcock said the main objective of the legislative exercise was to strike the right balance between protecting national security and safeguarding the rights and freedoms of individuals. 'As the exercise moves forward, a rational debate is the best way to achieve this objective.'