Rules preventing double housing benefits in the civil service need not be reviewed, as most of 62 cases of violations over the past three years were only 'technical' breaches, according to a top official. But unionist legislator Lee Cheuk-yan argued that the rules could be discriminatory to married women. Under the rules, a married couple who are both civil servants cannot get housing benefits at the same time. This applies even if one of them is not a civil servant. The Legislative Council's public service panel discussed yesterday if the rules should be relaxed. Mr Lee said it would be discriminatory if a civil servant's wife working in the private sector had to give up her housing benefit so that her husband could become eligible for the government allowance. 'Nowadays, a husband and wife should be treated as individuals. It is unfair to the wife if she has to give up her own benefit. What if the couple later divorce?' Secretary for the Civil Service Denise Yue Chung-yee stressed the rules had been working well. She said most breaches were 'technical', such as failing to cancel a public housing tenancy after a spouse obtained a housing benefit. She said she believed the existing rules would not contravene the anti-discrimination law.