The Government has ordered the Urban Renewal Authority to submit a report over claims that two of its officials were guilty of a conflict of interest. Authority chairman Lau Wah-sum and managing director Canice Mak Chun-fong became embroiled in the row after it was discovered they co-owned a company that had invested in properties in rural areas. Deputy Secretary for Planning and Lands Stephen Fisher said yesterday his bureau had asked the authority to submit a report on the controversy. He also defended as independent the internal investigation, to be conducted by three directors of the managing board, including barrister Maria Tam Wai-chu, a Basic Law Committee member. 'They [the directors] come from three different sectors,' he said. 'Before they were appointed by the Chief Executive, they were investigated and have no conflict of interest with their positions at the authority.'