Lord Mandelson's decision to delay the introduction of flexible working by means of a review has incensed women MPs. Liberal Democrat Small Business Spokesperson, Lorely Burt said:
"At a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet, the last thing they need is the Government making it harder for them to go out and earn money.
"During a recession we need as many people as possible taking an active role in the economy.
"Women, young people and ethnic minorities are often the first to suffer when a recession hits.
"In its panic, the Government is in danger of backing out of important policies for the long-term health of the UK economy. First the green agenda drops off the radar, and now flexible working. What next?
"Now is not the time for ministers to back away from their modest steps forward on flexible working."
Labour MPs have also objected. This report is typical.