Lawmakers yesterday condemned the Government for its slow progress in clearing urban slums despite the setting up of a new authority eight months ago. They also blamed the administration for failing to honour its promise to inject money into the Urban Renewal Authority, which had stalled housing redevelopment. The authority was set up last May - two years after Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa announced the creation of the body - to replace the Land Development Corporation. It set a target of clearing 200 slums in 20 years. Supposedly independent, it is still required to seek the Financial Secretary's approval for a project if it 'is not considered financially viable'. So far, the authority has not announced any redevelopment plans. Frederick Fung Kin-kee, of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, said many residents were stuck in rundown flats because of the delay. Democrat Fred Li Wah-ming, also a non-executive director of the authority, said: 'The authority can do nothing if the Government does not give adequate financial support.' Fellow Democrat James To Kun-sun asked: 'Would our senior officials be willing to live in those squalid flats until the redevelopment plans are approved by the Government?' Some legislators also cited a government document last March in which the administration promised to give more generous compensation to homeowners affected by the authority's redevelopment projects. The proposal was not adopted by the authority. The Government had also promised that all corporation staff would be transferred to the authority, with terms unchanged. But 24 senior executives were sacked three months after transferring. Unionist legislator Leung Yiu-chung, of the Neighbourhood and Workers' Service Centre, said the Government's credibility had been damaged. 'The legislature can hardly trust the Government in the future,' said Mr Leung. Chan Kam-lam, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, also a non-executive director of the authority, said: 'Redevelopment is a complicated issue and is difficult to do quickly. Those who say that we are working slowly probably do not understand [how] the authority works.' Secretary for Planning and Lands John Tsang Chun-wah said the Government had only promised last March's document would make compensation recommendations to the authority's lawmakers in order to speed up projects. He said the authority management was still finding its feet and needed more time to work out their projects. He urged legislators to be more patient and co-operative. A motion, sponsored by Mr To, urging the Government to honour its pledges was passed. An authority spokeswoman declined to comment.