The Chief Executive has been urged to press the Housing Authority to allow residents evicted by urban slum clearance to jump the queue for public rental flats. Legislators have seen repeated requests for more lenient rehousing terms for evictees stonewalled by the authority, which manages more than 600,000 low-rent flats. A Legislative Council committee which is examining the Urban Renewal Authority Bill yesterday decided to write to Tung Chee-hwa to complain about the authority's defiance and ask him to force it to back down. At present, a family is banned from subsidised rental housing if more than half of its members have not lived in Hong Kong for more than seven years. Furthermore, to be eligible a four-person family may not earn more than $17,700 a month or own assets worth more than $470,000. There are about 100,000 families on the authority's waiting list. The authority has agreed to spare up to 1,000 rental units every year for rehousing those evicted by renewal authority projects.