GOVERNOR Chris Patten yesterday expressed growing frustration at the lack of agreement on simple issues relating to the 1994/95 local electoral arrangements, despite last week's 16th round of talks with China. Before the talks began, Mr Patten had seemed more optimistic that some agreement could be made on non-controversial issues such as voting age, voting method and the abolition of district board appointed seats. ''We started talking about these issues in April in Beijing. Now the snow is falling. It should have taken days, not seasons, to reach agreement on these less contentious issues,'' Mr Patten said in a speech to the Foreign Correspondents' Club. ''And yet spring has given way to summer, summer has given way to autumn, autumn has now handed over to winter, and still the less contentious issues remain doggedly unresolved - not to mention the more difficult ones.'' Mr Patten was cautious about giving a deadline, but reiterated his warning that if the Sino-British talks did not yield a quick result, his political reform plan would be tabled in the Legislative Council. ''We have to try to come to some conclusions. I hope that we can reach an agreement. It's still our hope that we should do so. ''And it's not provocative to say that if we don't, then we shall have to discharge our responsibility with the advice of the community as best we can.'' Asked about the amount of time left, Mr Patten, who said six weeks ago the Government had ''only weeks left'' before tabling the bills, sidestepped the question. He rejected the suggestion that Britain had softened its stance after the cabinet committee meeting this month to review the progress of the talks. Mr Patten was joined by the outgoing Chief Secretary, Sir David Ford, in expressing his disappointment about the lack of progress in the talks. Speaking at his farewell party before retiring at the weekend, Sir David said ''it was somewhat surprising'' that the British side had not been able to reach a ''first stage agreement'' on the simple issues before moving on to the difficult problems. ''We haven't given up on that yet. We are still trying to achieve that,'' he said, adding that hopefully it could buy the negotiators a bit more time to resolve the overall problem. Meanwhile, a deputy director of the Chinese State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Chen Ziying, said yesterday the Chinese side had already made major concessions on arrangements relating to the district boards and municipal councils elections. He said it was the British side who had made new demands and insisted on linking the lower level elections with the Legco electoral arrangements, thus complicating the problem. Mr Chen also questioned the British side's sincerity, saying that Britain had miscalculated the situation if it wanted to further push the Chinese side for more concessions.