Embattled executive councillor Lau Wong-fat was cleared of any wrongdoing over a series of omissions in declaring interests. In a submission to the Legislative Council's panel on constitutional affairs yesterday, the government said Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau 'did not infringe the declaration requirements deliberately'. Kenneth Mak Ching-yu, permanent secretary for the Chief Executive's Office, described the infringement as unintentional. The government declined to lay out the sequence of events for Legco members, saying 'specific discussions on isolated cases of Exco members were inappropriate'. 'We have cross-checked the omitted interest details with the Exco agenda back then, and confirmed no direct conflicts of interest were constituted. There was not a need for him to withdraw from relevant Exco meetings,' Mak told lawmakers. A document on Lau's declaration read: 'The chief executive considered that Lau had not deliberately concealed his interests or breached the declaration requirements.' Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung said Exco never discussed the property market where Lau had properties, in which he and his family had speculative investments. Civic Party lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah said the existing declaration of interest system failed to clear concerns about possible conflicts of interest. 'Even a general discussion of the property market was enough to influence the land and flat prices in the New Territories,' he said. The government has all along supported Lau. Three days after the disclosure of Lau's first failure to declare his property transactions in late September, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said he believed Lau had not intentionally breached any guidelines. Disclosure of more omissions eventually showed that Lau's ownership portfolio had 724 units of land and property. Tsang acted further in Lau's defence to blame the omission on ambiguity in government rules. Democratic Party lawmaker Emily Lau Wai-hing requested that the government provide a sequence of events for the scandal, but this was turned down. She asked officials yesterday: 'If you think it is inappropriate to let the Legco discuss the case, why can't you reveal a sequence to the public? People are not convinced, given the inadequate information from the government.'