An attempt to invoke the Legislative Council's special powers to investigate the minibonds controversy was defeated by just one vote in the first House Committee meeting of the new term yesterday. But members voted unanimously to invite top government officials to explain at a special meeting on Monday how the problem could be resolved. The proposal to set up a select committee, which would give Legco wide powers to probe misconduct, was defeated 22-21. Opponents included the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, the Federation of Trade Unions, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee and many functional constituency lawmakers. Some members warned that the approach was 'confrontational' and might be counterproductive. The pan-democrats supported the measure, along with the Professional Forum - comprising independents Paul Tse Wai-chun, Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, and Chim Pui-chung. But several pan-democrats were absent. The defeat was greeted by jeers from the public gallery, where minibond investors, who are facing big losses, had gathered to witness the vote. League of Social Democrats chairman Wong Yuk-man pointed to the DAB corner of the chamber, shouting 'remember those faces'. DAB chairman Tam Yiu-chung said Legco could still set up such a committee if alternative means were exhausted. Those expected to attend Monday's meeting include the financial secretary and the chiefs of the Monetary Authority, Securities and Futures Commission and the Commissioner for Insurance. Bank representatives have been invited.