Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung has avoided further discussion on the fate of functional constituencies, saying the administration 'had not taken a view'. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was accused of revealing his true intent during a question-and-answer session with lawmakers this month when he suggested the preservation of the trade-based seats could still comply with the principles of universal and equal suffrage. When asked after a constitutional reform workshop yesterday how it would be possible to ensure equal electoral rights while preserving trade-based seats for people of certain professions, Mr Lam said: 'At this stage, the administration has not taken a view on the future of functional constituencies, nor have we taken a view on how we should implement universal suffrage for forming the legislature in 2020. 'Our focus now is on dealing with the electoral methods for forming the legislature in 2012, and for returning the chief executive in that year. 'How we deal with functional constituencies is a more long-term problem, which we will need to address after 2012.'