LEGISLATORS and women's groups have criticised the Government for back-tracking and stalling on its commitment to pass legislation against discrimination. They were dissatisfied with the Government's proposal yesterday to conduct a year-long study on discrimination only after the Sex Discrimination Bill and the Disability Bill are passed before the end of the year. According to the Government's proposal an inter-departmental group will be set up to examine discrimination based on age, family status and sexual preference not covered by the Sex Discrimination Bill. Legislator Anna Wu Hung-yuk criticised the Government's proposed study as another attempt to stall long-fought-for legislation. Unionist Lee Cheuk-yan, who had been pressing for measures to halt discrimination against female workers over the age of 35, also criticised the Government for dragging its feet. Women's groups attacked the Government saying it was 'morally bankrupt' when it claimed that it needed to prove the existence of the problems. Secretary for Home Affairs Michael Suen Ming-yeung said a year-long study was needed to examine the political and economic impact of legislation dealing with discrimination.