APPLICATIONS to use Housing Department venues had never been rejected for political reasons, the Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands, Tony Eason, said. The Department per se had no political interests and considered applications on grounds of public safety and crowd control. It was groundless to suggest that the rejection of an application to show the controversial BBC documentary on Mao Zedong in a public housing estate was politically motivated, he said. The film had been shown in public housing estates twice. United Democrats legislator Lau Chin-shek, however, said there were several cases which showed that the department had political preferences.