Speaking in the House of Commons on May 18th, Sir George Young, Shadow Leader of the House, attacked the Government on its handling of Incapacity Benefit.
"Last night, the Government panicked and ran. Their arguments on
bereavement allowances were mauled by hon. Members on both sides
of the House. The Government could take no more punishment. Will
they use the time between now and Thursday to reflect on their
incapacity benefit proposals? Does the right hon. Lady really believe
that the time now proposed for debate is sufficient for all the important
issues that remain? In particular, will the House have an opportunity to
debate amendment No. 12? Are not the Government losing support in
the House, losing their friends outside and now losing their nerve?"