CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

SOCIAL SECURITY – NEW DEAL FOR DISABLED – 29 January 2001

Dr Julian Lewis: Is it not a fact that, although some Opposition Members may not look in the mirror – a comment that was made earlier – Ministers and other Labour Members often look in the Guardian? Did the Under-Secretary see in the Guardian last week a statement made by the head of public policy at the Royal National Institute for the Blind? With reference to the new deal for the disabled, he said that

"the system is very objectionable. It's treating disabled people like guinea pigs and will be seen by them to be highly discriminatory."

What is the hon. Gentleman's [Hugh Bayley's] answer to that criticism?