THE chairman of the Education Commission has admitted there is ''substance'' in allegations by two members who resigned last week that it had become a ''talking shop''. While Professor Rosie Young Tse-tse yesterday again denied the commission lacked a sense of direction and purpose, she admitted there had been times when it spent too little time in discussing substantive topics. Professor Arthur Li Kwok-cheung and Dr Paul Morris said the commission had ignored important issues such as special and pre-school education, when they resigned last Friday. They alleged the powerful body had degenerated into a ''talking shop''. Professor Young said yesterday: ''This allegation does have some substance which I freely admit because of the change of nature of the Education Commission in the sense that we have more members. ''And members are very enthusiastic in giving their views to the Education Commission so that in at least one or two meetings too much time has been spent on procedural matters and one procedural matter is the matter of confidentiality,'' she said. She said many members were new to the commission this year and they asked about the body's scope of responsibilities at the initial meetings. ''I myself and other Education Commission members have learned this lesson, and this is an important lesson and this matter is now behind us because the procedural matters have been more or less resolved,'' she said. Professor Young said they would soon call a special meeting to ask members if they wanted to reaffirm the present line of the commission and suggest any new topics they would like to discuss in future. She said the problem of transparency would also be included although she thought the commission was open enough. She said it was up to the Governor to decide whether there should be elected members to the commission, which comprises only appointed and ex officio members. The chairman said the problem of pre-school education was scheduled for discussion in the general meeting next month. Meanwhile, another member yesterday joined the attacks on the commission. Cho Yu-fun, chairman of the parent-teacher association of Tuen Mun Government Secondary School, said the commission failed to co-ordinate the other education bodies, such as the Education Department and the Board of Education. He supported the ''talking shop'' allegation as he said ex officio members such as the chairmen of the Board of Education, Education Department and the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee failed to provide adequate background information for members to discuss. ''If the Education Commission fails to discuss something of substance in its meetings, the ex officio members should have the responsibility to correct this,'' Mr Cho said, adding the present ex officio members failed to do so. ''Because of the lack of information, we need to start from the very basic job of collecting material, hence delaying the progress on policy formulation,'' Mr Cho said. He also agreed the commission should be more open in letting the public know more about its work. Another appointed member, Kathy Lee Chiu Kam-hing, senior vice-president of the Republic National Bank of New York, declined to comment on the issue as she was only aware about the resignation of the two members when she was approached yesterday. She admitted she had only attended two meetings since she was appointed this year because she was too busy with work at the bank. ''I hope I can contribute more in the future,'' said Mrs Lee who only returned to Hong Kong from a business trip yesterday. Another member, Angela Cheung Wong Wan-yiu from the Education Division of Tung Wah Group of Hospital, supported Professor Young's views that the commission was on the right track and was addressing the important issues. Legislator Cheung Man-kwong earlier supported allegations by the resigned members while the two remaining appointed members who have kept silent on the issue - Dr Alexander Fung Chi-wah and James Tien Pei-chun - could not be reached for comment.