Pan-democrat lawmakers have accused the pro-government chairman of the Legislative Council's constitutional and mainland affairs panel of refusing to hold a meeting to discuss the government's handling of the row over its political team. But Lui Ming-wah rejected the accusations, saying he had never promised another such meeting. 'I had never said the matter could be handled at the next meeting,' Dr Lui told Legco's House Committee meeting yesterday. On June 16, at the panel's last meeting before the Legco term ends next month, The Frontier's Emily Lau Wai-hing proposed discussing whether the selection process for the political team should be scrutinised by the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Confederation of Trade Unions legislator Lee Cheuk-yan told yesterday's meeting Dr Lui had agreed to hold another meeting to handle Ms Lau's proposal. 'The chairman has overturned his decision by issuing circulars to the panel's members asking if they agreed to hold a meeting,' he said. 'This restricts lawmakers' freedom of speech.' On June 20, Dr Lui told members the proposed meeting would be cancelled because fewer than half of the panel's members approved it. The Civic Party's Ronny Tong Ka-wah asked Dr Lui to apologise. 'You can say something against Ms Lau's proposal, but refusing even to discuss is against the legislature's culture.'