The government reported yesterday that it had met 96 per cent of the 1,368 policy commitments it made last year, but failed on some important measures such as the sale of MTR shares and the development of two tourism spots. The progress report said up to the end of June this year - before the accountability system was in place - it completed 631 measures and is on the way to delivering on a further 578 commitments. A further 100 are being actively reviewed. They include the sale of the second batch of Mass Transit Railway Corporation shares, the construction of Cheung Sha Wan Wholesale Market's phase 2 and the redevelopment of existing prisons. The 4 per cent, or 59 in total, of slippages include areas such as security, public works, housing, health and home affairs, with some of their pledges made as early as 1996 still falling behind. Security Secretary Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee pledged to complete talks by 2000 with the mainland authorities on the transfer of fugitives, but no date has been set. A bill to enhance transparency of the Independent Police Complaints Council, a statutory body, first raised in 1996, is still behind schedule. Also the amendments to the Privacy (Data Protection) Ordinance have been delayed. Progress to develop the marine police headquarters and Aberdeen harbour as tourism spots is also way behind target by six to 12 months. In addition, the Treasury reported 'action completed' in keeping the reserve at $430 billion by the end of June, even though the Financial Secretary estimated in his budget in March that there was only $369 billion. Legislator Lee Cheuk-yan, of the Confederation of Trade Unions, said the report was an attempt by the new leadership to distance ministers from previous problems. 'I think the Tung team wants to draw a clear line so that promises that are difficult to honour can be axed,' he said. Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa will present his new initiatives in the policy address next Wednesday. The government said yesterday a report on initiatives set out last year is to account for the progress of work before the accountability system was in place.