THE public will not be allowed to attend briefings on amendments to the controversial public order laws, the Government announced yesterday. The United Democrats (UDHK) reacted angrily, saying the Government wanted to ''monopolise public opinion''. The sessions will be held for members of the district boards and the district fight crime committees. Principal Assistant Secretary for Security, Karen Pong Leung Kwok-hing, said the public had ample opportunities to voice opinions to the administration or legislators. UDHK member Lee Wing-tat said he could predict the conclusion of such briefings - that law and order was the community's prime concern. Members were also at odds with the administration over whether the police should be notified of public meetings seven days in advance. Party member Cheung Man-kwong said only three days' notification was needed in Macau, and he found it odd that Hong Kong police needed more time. But the administration said three days would not be long enough for the police to complete their assessment of the event and decide on details of operational procedures to ensure public order and safety. However, police director of operations Toby Emmet agreed to try to respond within three working days of being told, which would include issuing conditions that would be imposed on the public rallies. ''Additional conditions will only be imposed if circumstances have changed quite significantly since agreement has been reached between the police and the organisers,'' he said. Liberal Party legislator Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee asked that any last-minute conditions be decided by senior officers, and not rank and file. Mr Emmet said that for major demonstrations, senior officers would be there to take charge. But they did not have enough superintendents to attend every protest. The Public Order (Amendment) Bill removes the requirement for licensing of public processions. Organisers will need only to give seven days' notice. It also raises the number of people allowed to take part in public protests and rallies without notification from 30 to 50 and from 20 to 30 respectively.