More than 3,000 families can expect to live in squalor beyond the handover, because the Government has no deadline for demolishing their temporary housing. Yesterday, a year after the Housing Authority announced it would delay the clearance of 13 temporary housing areas until after 1997, it revealed no demolition timetable existed. An authority spokesman said: 'It is always the hope of the Government to clear all temporary housing as soon as possible. But, in the meantime, no timetable has been made.' Temporary Housing Areas Joint District Residents' Committee spokesman Chan Ching-wah said: 'The Government has eaten its words and left poor families facing the consequences. It's unfair. 'We hope the Governor will show his sincerity in his final policy address. He can't leave without solving the problems he promised to,' he said. Kai Lok temporary housing resident Ha Lai-chen, 30, bemoaned the endless wait in dilapidated huts. 'My baby daughter has twice fallen from the attic,' said the mother-of-two. 'I don't have any peace. One day the ceiling is leaking water, the next it's found to be rotten,' she said. Leung Shiu-kan, 70, among protesters who tried to present the Governor with a caged rat when he toured the site a year ago, said the residents had been driven to making such an aggressive display. 'What else could we do? We've been making our demands for years but nothing has improved. I believe it was the best way to let him know how we suffer,' Mr Leung said.