The security chief indicates that a draft combining the original blue bill and 54 amendments could be ready this month Hong Kong's security chief was quoted as saying yesterday that he intends to submit a new consultation paper on the controversial national security laws this month, despite calls by some politicians for the process to be delayed. Independent lawmaker Audrey Eu Yuet-mee quoted Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong as saying he was aiming to put out a consultation paper this month - though he was not setting himself a deadline - and would consider publishing a white bill, containing the government's preliminary draft of the legislation. Ms Eu was speaking after a meeting between Mr Lee and the Article 23 Concern Group. Mr Lee said if the government put forward a modified version of the consultation paper by just combining the original blue bill - the final draft of the legislation - and 54 amendments made by the administration, this could be done by the end of the month. But if it adopted the approach proposed by the Article 23 Concern Group, more time would be needed to come up with a consultation paper, Ms Eu quoted Mr Lee as saying. In a pamphlet outlining the proposed direction for the future consultation, the group stressed that only some amendments to the Crimes Ordinance are required under Article 23 of the Basic Law. Ms Eu also said Mr Lee had said he would make an assessment after collecting all the views before presenting them to the Executive Council, which would then decide the way forward. While promising to give the concern group a chance to discuss the consultation paper before it was due to be printed, Mr Lee also pledged to keep the dialogue open and adopt a working relationship with the group in the future, she added. The government earlier pledged to launch another round of consultations this month. But doubts arose recently over whether it would go ahead as scheduled after Exco member and Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong chairman Tsang Yok-sing proposed that the bill be deferred until after the Legco elections in September next year. Two of his Exco colleagues, Leung Chun-ying and Andrew Liao Cheung-sing, backed the idea. But the concern group urged that the consultation process be continued, saying normal legislative procedures should not be affected by any political consideration or the ever-changing political atmosphere. At a separate meeting with Mr Lee, five Democratic Party legislators urged the security chief to defer the legislative process until after universal suffrage to elect the chief executive and the legislature was introduced. They said a democratic government could better guarantee Hong Kong people's human rights. The pro-democracy camp has attempted to drum up support for greater democracy by tabling non-binding district council motions calling for the early introduction of direct elections for the chief executive and the legislature. But the motions, tabled in Kowloon City, Kwai Tsing and Central and Western districts yesterday, were voted down by the pro-government camp. Democrat Kam Nai-wai of Central and Western District, said the motions had forced different parties to make their positions clear.