Lawmakers currently have no plan to amend the Legislative Council's rules of procedures despite calls for a crackdown on 'unparliamentary expressions' in the council chamber. The Committee on Rules of Procedures yesterday held its first discussion on a proposal to amend council rules since League of Social Democrats chairman Wong Yuk-man used the Cantonese words 'puk kai' - roughly meaning 'drop dead' - at a Finance Committee meeting on March 24. This triggered complaints from Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, but the league has insisted the expression did not amount to foul language. Speaking after a closed-door meeting of the committee, chairman Tam Yiu-chung said members had agreed not to amend the rules for now. However, they would consult other legislators on a proposal to increase the panel chairmen's power, said Mr Tam, who is chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. Ip Kwok-him, of the DAB, suggested that chairmen of the council's 18 panels should be given the power to order lawmakers to leave meetings if they broke the council's rules of procedure, such as through the use of offensive expressions. At present, only the council president, chairmen of standing and select committees and chairmen of council committees have this power. 'If a legislator continuously breaks the rules and the chairman cannot order him out, how can the meeting run smoothly?' Mr Ip said. Ronny Tong Ka-wah, of the Civic Party, said: 'While the chairmen of some committees have this power, I do not see why those of other committees should not.' But Democratic Party vice-chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing opposed changing the rules.