Executive Councillor Leung Chun-ying has found himself embroiled in the conflict of interest row surrounding the financial secretary's purchase of a luxury car ahead of vehicle tax rises announced in last week's Budget. A spokeswoman for the Executive Council sought to clarify the position yesterday, after Next magazine carried a report stating Leung Chun-ying bought a vehicle costing $490,000, including tax, in January. This was said to include $294,000 first registration tax. If the car had been bought after the Budget, in which first registration tax was increased, the Exco member would have paid tax of $509,266. But the spokeswoman said the vehicle was bought by a company, Brilliant Time Investment, a subsidiary of Dtz Debenham Tie Leung, which is owned partly by Leung Chun-ying. It was staff at the company who arranged for the purchase. She added that Leung Chun-ying only knew the Budget's content on March 5, the day the blueprint was delivered. Financial Secretary Antony Leung Kam-chung has come under fire for buying a Lexus in January, before announcing the tax rise in the Budget. The Hong Kong Automobile Association wrote to the finance chief saying it supports a rise in first registration tax but would not support the incremental scheme he announced.