Many of the 90,000 submissions on the proposed national security laws were position statements without detailed suggestions for changes, the security chief said yesterday. Legislators were told by the Secretary for Security, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, that results of the consultation on the proposals under Article 23 of the Basic Law would be released by the end of the month. 'Over the past three months we have all along been collecting and analysing views to see how to address concerns and fine-tune the wording. A lot of the submissions do not exactly give comment but are more statements of position . . . we hope to finish analysing them by the end of the month,' she said. Legislators voiced concern at a panel meeting yesterday about treason being defined as waging war against the state, where the term war is defined as meaning more than armed violence. The consultation paper defines war as 'any foreseeable disturbance that is produced by a considerable number of persons and is directed at some purpose which is not of a private but of a 'general character' . . .' Democratic Party legislator James To Kun-sun suggested the government should adopt the view of the Bar Association that war be limited to armed conflict, to prevent peaceful demonstrations from being targeted. But Solicitor-General Robert Allcock said the laws would set a high threshold by referring to waging, or levying war, by joining forces with a foreigner to overthrow, intimidate or overawe the central government. Mrs Ip said the government would consider modernising some of the terminology used in drafting the laws after concern was voiced by lawmakers. Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, who chairs the Legco legal panel, said it would be wrong to require people to report others who may have committed treason or face up to seven years in prison.