MEASURES to prevent police and Correctional Services Department (CSD) officers from using excessive force against Vietnamese boat people during camp transfers are still inadequate, according to legislators. The comments came as the Government presented an account of its follow-up action on recommendations in a report by two Justices of the Peace on the controversial Whitehead detention centre raid on April 7. More than 500 canisters of tear-gas were fired when about 1,250 police and CSD officers stormed the camp in a bid to move 1,500 inmates to the High Island detention centre. More than 200 Vietnamese were injured during the operation. In a five-page report submitted to legislators, the Government said in order to secure the co-operation of the Vietnamese in future camp transfers, ''dialogue, persuasion and negotiation will be pursued before resorting to the use of force''. United Democrat legislator Cheung Man-kwong said the procedures were still not clear enough to avoid the use of excessive force during similar operations. ''If you just do this dialogue, persuasion and negotiation together right before the transfer, the Vietnamese will surely get nervous and become confrontational,'' he said. ''And the officers will then get nervous too, and violence will break out.'' CSD Deputy Commissioner Raymond Lai Ming-kee said officers would not resort to using force until the situation was so out of control that it posed a safety hazard to the people in the camps. Hong Kong Refugees Co-ordinator Brian Bresnihan said the April camp transfer turned chaotic because it was for the purpose of the Orderly Repatriation Programme (ORP). Independent legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing said the Government should give prior notice to Vietnamese being moved for ORP purposes. Mr Bresnihan said the Government usually gave notice to those selected for the programme in a hope of obtaining their co-operation. ''If we fail to secure their co-operation, having exhausted all the possible means at our disposal, we have to resort to the use of force,'' he said. ''But we don't actually have to give notice of when that force will be exerted.'' He said that sometimes notice should not be given to the inmates because they would marshal their opposition. Other measures to be taken included increased counselling of staff in CSD detention centres to foster communication and rapport with the Vietnamese. The Government also proposed increasing the number of CSD officers performing welfare duties in Whitehead and High Island detention centres by 18, bringing the total to 47. Refugee Concern spokesman Rob Brook expressed disappointment with the report. He said it showed how little the Government had done since the Whitehead raid. He said the measures put forward in the report were superficial and would not bring any substantial change in how the Government treated the Vietnamese boat people.