EFFORTS by the Regional Services Department to fight illegal hawking cost millions of dollars and they were still unable to control the problem, legislators said yesterday. ''Illegal hawking is now getting more and more serious in Tsuen Wan and Tai Wai. Residents in the neighbourhoods are specially annoyed by the noise of the hawkers,'' said Albert Chan Wai-yip, a regional council member from the United Democrats. The United Democrats yesterday said the Regional Services Department was unable to cope with the problem and urged the police to take over. According to regional councillor the Reverend Fung Chi-wood, the Director of Audit, Brian Jenney, will consider including a value-for-money study on hawker control in his 1995/96 work plan. Mr Fung was critical of the huge amount spent on hawker control, which produced few results. Last year the budget for the general duties teams responsible for tackling the problem totalled $180 million and the bill for the current fiscal year was expected to leap to $230 million. ''However, to date there are no effective measures for improving the problem,'' said Mr Fung. Mr Fung said between April and September the Regional Council made 9,602 arrests of illegal hawkers, confiscating 13,948 items. He added that a lack of leadership from the senior management of the council had rendered their subordinates' efforts futile. At present there are 74 general duties teams, with each team comprising 10 to 12 people. Mr Fung said on average each team could only catch 0.7 hawkers. ''I want to point out that their performance is really very bad. How can they tackle the hawking problem? ''I now put to the council that we should disband the general duties team as they fail to control the hawking problem and it is a waste of public money,'' Mr Fung said. Instead, the financial resources should be given to the police for the law-enforcement agency to deal with the problem, he said.