COMMISSIONER of Police Eddie Hui Ki-on is considering whether to discipline 16 former Special Branch constables who were left out of a compensation package designed for those who carried out sensitive tasks in the secretive police unit. Mr Hui is studying whether the constables breached Civil Service Regulations when they recently made public details of their work, including the names of mainland officials and pro-China figures who had been tailed by police. Sources said the constables had not told the whole truth when they claimed they were denied full British passports and had been involved in sensitive surveillance work. They said most of the 16 policemen had already been granted full British passports under the British Nationality Scheme. The compensation scheme for Special Branch staff also offered cash payments. Sources said the constables were only after the money, which could amount to as much as $800,000 for officers of similar rank. It is understood that about 500 staff who the Government considered had undertaken sensitive tasks have received compensation ranging up to $3 million as well as the right to settle in Britain. A source said only three of the constables had not been granted British passports - two of them had not applied and the other's application was being processed. As there were unused quotas in the police category of the first phase of nationality scheme, the source said those policemen could have secured passports. The source maintained that the constables had appealed to the Secretary for Security, to the Chief Secretary, to the Governor and even to Prime Minister John Major in London, and they all came to the conclusion that the constables were not qualified for the scheme. According to the constables, door guards and drivers who were not required to undergo any Special Branch training were included in the scheme.