The fight to secure more generous compensation for flat-dwellers evicted by slum clearance proposals has shown signs of weakening amid strong pressure from the Government. Officials warned yesterday that the Urban Renewal Authority would not be set up unless government compensation proposals were endorsed. Unionist legislator Lee Cheuk-yan, of The Frontier, offered a compromise, agreeing to discuss compensation after the authority was set up. Legislators had previously said the authority should not be set up before a better payout package was agreed. Legislators want the Government to give those displaced enough compensation to let them buy a five-year-old flat of comparable size, instead of a seven-year-old flat as proposed. The Government estimates this would cost an extra $2.4 billion. Tung Chee-hwa in 1997 announced plans for the renewal authority, which is to replace the Land Development Corporation. Stephen Fisher, Deputy Secretary of the Planning and Lands Bureau (urban renewal and buildings), said the Government was not prepared to make further concessions. 'The seven-year proposal is our bottom line. If it is not approved, there will not be any Urban Renewal Authority,' Mr Fisher said at yesterday's planning, lands and works panel meeting. The Legco finance committee is expected to vote on the compensation package on March 9. Mr Lee said: 'It is forcing legislators to choose between all or nothing. But the Government can set up the authority first and then discuss the compensation package with us later.' Democrat legislator James To Kun-sun asked: 'What should we legislators do to secure a government agreement to set up the authority first? We are prepared to have a rethink.'