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    1. Westminster Blog

      May 27, 2010

      Who are in the running to be deputy speakers?

      Here are the new rules under which Parliament will – for the first time – elect three deputy speakers. The opposition...

    2. Westminster Blog

      June 8, 2009

      The reshuffle is (almost) completed

      Most of the ministerial changes have been made. Here is the list, courtesy of PA. Some initial observations: Lord Drayson is...

    1. Westminster Blog

      February 25, 2009

      11 junior government members sign the Royal Mail EDM

      I have just been tipped off that no fewer than 11 ministerial aides have signed the motion opposing Lord Mandelson’s...

    2. January 3, 2009

      Health minister warns on food regulation

      The food industry could face new regulation if a three-year anti-obesity campaign fails to improve the nation's health, Ben...

    3. January 3, 2009

      Health minister warns on food regulation

      The food industry could face new regulation if a three-year anti-obesity campaign fails to improve the nation’s health, Ben...

    4. January 2, 2009

      TV ads kick off campaign to tackle obesity

      One of the more ambitious attempts to change a nation’s lifestyle is launched on Friday with the start of a three-year...

    5. October 29, 2008

      Minister urges action on sugar

      Smaller sizes of soft drinks, calorie information on restaurant menus, and advertising campaigns that spend more on low...

    6. July 23, 2008

      Drinks industry calls for action on alcohol abuse

      The drinks industry yesterday called on the government to launch a full-scale education campaign to tackle Britain's binge...

    7. July 22, 2008

      Call for action on alcohol abuse

      The drinks industry on Tuesday called on the government to launch a full-scale education campaign to tackle Britain’s binge...

    8. May 31, 2008

      Plan for tobacco controls angers retailers

      The government on Friday outraged the tobacco industry and many small retailers but delighted doctors with draconian new...

    9. May 31, 2008

      Plan for tobacco controls angers retailers

      The government yesterday outraged the tobacco industry and many small retailers but delighted doctors with draconian new...

    10. May 20, 2008

      MPs opt for no change on abortion

      MPs on Tuesday night voted against cutting the legal limit for abortions after an emotionally charged debate in the House of...

    11. March 25, 2008

      Cameron backs tobacco move

      David Cameron, the Conservative leader, gave a cautious welcome to proposals for a further crackdown on smoking which would...

    12. February 1, 2008

      NHS urged to work closer with pharma industry

      Doctors called for greater transparency in pharmaceutical companies’ dealings with the NHS after the government insisted the...

    13. November 14, 2007

      Labour mulls U-turn on 24-hour licensing

      Drinking laws could be tightened less than two years after their relaxation amid rising concern about the impact of...

    14. November 14, 2007

      Labour mulls U-turn on 24-hour licensing

      UK drinking laws could be tightened less than two years after their relaxation amid rising concern about the impact of...

    15. October 16, 2007

      Obesity trends ‘will take years to reverse’

      Mounting obesity in the UK will take at least 30 years to reverse, a government report has warned, although it falls short...

    16. October 9, 2007

      Ministers retreat over embryo bill

      Hybrid human-animal embryos can be created for research, the government said yesterday - as it backed down from plans to...

    17. October 4, 2007

      Recent improvements to NHS were not recorded in European healthcare survey

      From Dawn Primarolo MP. Sir, Your coverage of a European report ranking the National Health Service as "mediocre" (report,...

    18. August 17, 2007

      Flu vaccine for every Briton

      Every Briton will be able to receive vaccination against a pandemic flu virus under a £155m government contract with two...

    19. August 17, 2007

      Flu vaccine for every Briton

      Every Briton will be able to receive vaccination against a pandemic flu virus under a £155m government contract with two...

    20. June 21, 2007

      Tax chiefs offer special help to big business

      Businesses will receive tax rulings in advance of large deals under proposals designed to improve relations between big...

    21. March 23, 2007

      Dawn of a new era?

      What will happen to Dawn Primarolo when Brown leaves the Treasury? She has been his faithful servant there from the outset....

    22. February 8, 2007

      Income gap in London wider than the national average

      The glass ceiling is a "powerful reality" in the City, according to a report today that shows the pay gap between men and...

    23. December 7, 2006

      Fraudsters steal up to £3bn in VAT

      Between £2bn and £3bn of value added tax revenues were stolen by fraudsters in 2005-06, the Treasury said. It blamed the...

    24. November 27, 2006

      EC urged to act on Channel Islands' CD trade

      The European Commission is being urged to act against the British government over the trade in VAT-free CDs and DVDs from...

    25. November 9, 2006

      France delays Brown's tax fraud plans

      France is holding up plans by Gordon Brown, chancellor, to tackle cross-border value added tax fraud, a problem thought to...

    26. August 22, 2006

      Paying peanuts

      A big thanks to Dawn Primarolo, the Treasury minister, for publishing a list of the 10 worst reasons employers give for not...

    27. August 21, 2006

      The Revenue goes retro on taxpayers

      Kansas and Nebraska levy retrospective sales tax on drug deals. Get caught selling LSD, and the cops will not just lock you...

    28. July 21, 2006

      Double taxation of Polish workers to end

      Poland has signed an agreement to end the double taxation of hundreds of thousands of its workers who came to the UK after...

    29. July 20, 2006

      Double taxation of Polish workers to end

      Poland has signed an agreement to end the double taxation of hundreds of thousands of Polish workers who flooded to work in...

    30. June 14, 2006

      Big rise in complaints about slow registering for VAT

      Complaints about delays in registering new companies for value added tax have risen nearly five-fold over the past year,...

    31. April 7, 2006

      Brown to tone down trust tax proposals

      Families of people who dieintestate will be spared the consequences of Gordon Brown's trust tax proposals, following a...

    32. April 6, 2006

      Brown to tone down trust tax proposals

      Families of people who die intestate will be spared the consequences of Gordon Brown’s trust tax proposals, following a...

    33. March 23, 2006

      Savings of £175m a year from online plan

      TAX RETURNS Businesses and individual taxpayers will be able to file online more quickly, accurately and with greater...

    34. March 23, 2006

      Backdate blow for City's highest earners

      Significant numbers of highly paid City workers could face retrospective tax bills of thousands of pounds following the...

    35. February 22, 2006

      Treasury wins landmark ruling in tax avoidance battle

      The Treasury has secured a new weapon to tackle "abusive" value added tax avoidance, following a landmark judgment at...

    36. January 27, 2006

      Radical overhaul of VAT system proposed

      The government is seeking to make a radical change to the value added tax system in an effort to eradicate one of the most...

    37. January 25, 2006

      Britain told to rein in deficit

      Britain was told yesterday by European Union finance ministers to bring its "excessive" budget deficit within EU limits...

    38. January 24, 2006

      Observer: Browned off

      Gordon Brown, Britain's chancellor of the exchequer, has a reputation for delivering lectures on sound economic management...

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