GOVERNMENT officials yesterday teamed up to launch an attack against legislator Anna Wu Hung-yuk's Equal Opportunities Bill, saying its scope was too wide and did not fit Hong Kong's situation. Leading a nine-strong team, the Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs, Stella Hung Kwok Wai-chung, said the Government would go ahead with its two bills preventing discrimination on the grounds of sex and disability by the end of the year, despite calls to include them in Ms Wu's bill. She told yesterday's bills committee meeting that the sex discrimination bill would be tabled in October, two months earlier than planned. The Government preferred a step-by-step approach and Ms Wu's bill would create uncertainty in the economy, she said. ''We'd be better beginning with the subject of sex and disability to test the public response and give them time to adjust.'' Questions were raised about whether it was lawful for a religious hospital to employ only Christian doctors, and if age restrictions on adoption of children were allowed. Acting government economist Elley Mao said the bill, modelled on Australia's experience, could not be adopted properly and urged legislators to make a rational decision. She was joined by Jimmy McGregor, the Legislative Council representative of the General Chamber of Commerce, who said the business body had great reservations about the bill because of its complexity. Mrs Hung said Ms Wu's bill was vague, while their one was clearer and well-defined. They had also gone through widespread consultation and had gained public support. Describing the Government's attack as ''confrontational'', United Democrat Yeung Sum said the administration was trying to suffocate the bill's passage. He urged it to keep an open mind on adding their narrow bill to the comprehensive one. Mrs Hung denied the charge, and maintained that legislators had to make the choice between the two sets of bills. Hitting back at the Government's argument, Ms Wu said its proposals were too narrow and conservative. If discrimination of the minority was neglected, ''it might take 10 years for the Government to solve the whole range of problems'', she said. The Liberal Party's Ronald Arculli and independent Marvin Cheung Kin-tung were worried whether the council would be able to examine the three bills in the remaining year. Also in the same meeting, Mrs Hung revealed that the sex discrimination bill would be extended to cover areas such as pregnancy and marital status. The Secretary for Home Affairs, Michael Suen Ming-yeung, had said earlier that the areas might not be included in the bill. The Government said it had collected information on political groups in the late 1970s and early 1980s ''to gauge public opinions and aspirations''. It denied carrying out political investigations. In a written reply to Ms Wu, the Secretary for Security Alistair Asprey said the Standing Committee on Pressure Groups was formed in 1977 and disbanded in 1982.