Professional and technical service providers are supporting a government decision to increase spending in public works projects by $2 billion to an average $29 billion in each of the next five years. Despite a snowballing deficit, the administration aims to create 4,200 professional and technical jobs a year through increased investment in unspecified types of works projects - a move designed to tackle unemployment and deflation. More than 1,000 projects are being planned. Industry players such as consultants, contractors and legal and accounting advisers broadly described the government decision as good news but warned that the money must be spent wisely. Yau Kwok-fai, deputy chairman of construction firm Vantage International (Holdings), called for more public spending on smaller-scale and labour-intensive works such as recreational parks and district markets so that small- and medium-sized enterprises could take part. 'It is certainly good news,' Mr Yau said. 'The key question is which types of projects are up for grabs.' A government spokeswoman said that 80 projects were scheduled for Legislative Council approval for combined funding of $29 billion in the 2003-2004 financial year, but declined to specify the nature of these projects. In the policy address yesterday, Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, promised to help small- and medium-sized firms to take part in the scheme.