The government seemed to be inconsistent in cracking down on the hawking of goods in the street while being tolerant towards hawking of services, the ombudsman said. The administration did not seem to have a policy on on-street promotion activities and should develop one, Alice Tai Yuen-ying said. The government's argument for tolerance to maintain the employment opportunities provided by promotional activity might well apply to illegal hawking of goods. The comment came as the Office of the Ombudsman released a report of its investigation of street management, urging the government to review its outlook and stance on the issue. It said a trial scheme in two districts cracking down on the use of stands for on-street promotions should be extended to all districts. 'Those employing mobile or easy-mount stands tend to be major business corporations well able to afford other means of advertising and offer alternative modes of employment,' senior investigation officer Richard Lee Wai-tong said. 'The administration should attempt to identify and bring to light the ultimate beneficiaries behind the easy-mount stand advertising.' The watchdog also pointed out there were no specific criteria for determining whether to tackle on-street promotional activities by the department alone or in joint operations. A clearer demarcation of responsibilities among departments was necessary, the report said. The report, which also covered a study on roadside banners, found the guidelines adopted by the Lands Department for regulating banner displays were too loosely worded. In one case, banner spots allocated to a district councillor were used for banners featuring the leading figures of a political body. There was no explicit rule in the guidelines to prohibit transfer of spots and it was left to the interpretation of individual officers, senior investigation officer Eric Tse Mun-kit said. 'But in principle, banner spots should not be lent to others.' Ms Tai said: 'We think there is a need for the department to make guidelines clearer.'