A government-appointed advisory body held no meetings to assess ex-housing chief Leung Chin-man's application for a post-retirement job with property developer New World Development, a legislative inquiry heard yesterday. Instead, it decided on its advice for the administration merely by circulating documents among its members. The advisory committee on post-service employment of civil servants is responsible for considering, and advising on, all applications for post-retirement jobs by directorate-level officers. During the inquiry's second hearing yesterday, executive councillor and lawmaker Lau Kong-wah cast doubt over the operation of the advisory committee. 'Why didn't the advisory committee hold some meetings to assess the application? Is this common practice?' he asked. 'It was an important matter that concerned someone's right to employment and public perceptions about the issue. Is it appropriate for the advisory committee to assess only by circulating the papers?' Permanent Secretary for the Civil Service Andrew Wong Ho-yuen said there were no fixed rules regulating how the advisory committee should handle the applications. It was up to the chairman of the advisory committee to decide how it should operate, Mr Wong added. Every application is sent out to the advisory committee - which is chaired by Mr Justice Pang Kin-kee and comprises four members - after going through an internal assessment procedure. The civil service minister may approve or reject the application after taking into account the internal assessment and the advice tendered by the advisory committee. Mr Justice Pang and the advisory committee's four members are due to be summoned by the inquiry in mid-April. Mr Wong, who finished giving evidence yesterday, was heavily criticised by lawmakers for failing to acknowledge potential conflicts of interest in Mr Leung's application. Democrat Lee Wing-tat, deputy chairman of the legislative inquiry, challenged Mr Wong on his failure to take note of overwhelming public concerns. 'Even members of the public would wonder if Mr Leung's application involved conflicts of interest. It is difficult to understand why you did not raise doubts after going through all the documents and media reports,' he said. In response, Mr Wong admitted that he had not done a thorough job, as he failed to take into account the ex-housing chief's involvement in the Hunghom Peninsula affair when assessing the application. Mr Leung was director of housing when a consortium of New World flagship NWS Holdings and Sun Hung Kai Properties bought the Hunghom Peninsula from the government in 2004 for barely half the asking price, then announced plans, later abandoned, to knock it down. Meanwhile, at a closed-door meeting, civil service representatives told a government-appointed committee reviewing policy relating to post-retirement employment of directorate officers that the rules should not be changed.