Investigations into the alleged aircraft terror plot continue, the Tory leader tries to address the imbalance in his party’s Westminster team, and holidaymakers brace themselves for more disruption.

The flow of economic news slows this week following last week’s flurry of announcements.

Producer prices come on Tuesday. On Wednesday the CBI issues its monthly industrial trends report. Business investment figures for the second quarter come on Thursday and on Friday the ONS publishes revised GDP data for the second quarter.

This week’s house price survey comes from Rightmove on Monday.

Westminster watch

With the green benches empty for the summer recess, the political focus remains on the alleged plot to blow up aircraft flying to the US. John Reid will remain the main face of the government on the issue until Tony Blair returns from his holiday in a week or so.

Police will have to gain court agreement on Monday and Wednesday to continue to detain the 23 suspects in custody.

On Thursday, Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, launches the Commission on Integration and Cohesion, which aims, among other things, to address the problem of segregation and political extremism in Muslim communities.

David Cameron, the Conservative leader, on Monday announces the results of his review into the selection of candidates for parliament. The review is intended to address the low proportion of Tory women and ethnic minority MPs.

Other events

On Monday the Financial Times publishes an exclusive poll looking at work/life balance.

A new postage pricing system is introduced today by Royal Mail. Mail will now be priced in three sizes - letter, large letter and packet.

Also on Monday, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development publishes its quarterly Labour Market Outlook survey and a report from Investors in People looks at what workers think of their managers.

The Lancet publishes a report on the threat of counterfeit drugs and Legal and General puts out a study on the true cost of healthcare.

On Tuesday the government publishes immigration statistics for 2005 and asylum figures for the second quarter of this year.

Bill Rammell, Minister for Higher Education and Lifelong Learning, launches the National Student Survey on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, the Communication Workers Union announces the result of its ballot of Post Office staff on industrial action over the franchising out of Post Office services.

The travel chaos following the terror alert may have subsided a little but holidaymakers are not out of the woods just yet.

On Thursday we get the ballot results for strikes at BMI Mainline and BMI Regional. Aslef, the train drivers’ union, has plans for 24 hour stoppages on the Gatwick Express, starting on Friday. And baggage handlers at Stansted are due to take industrial action at the weekend over pay

Friday is also the deadline given by Michael O’Leary, the Ryanair boss, for the government to get airport security back to normal or face legal action.

The Transport and Salaried Staffs Association is also planning a bus strike in London over the bank holiday weekend that could hit revellers travelling to the Notting Hill carnival in west London.

The nation’s GCSE results also arrive on Thursday. And while students reach for the stars, scientists are reaching for the moon with a briefing on the Smart-1 space mission in London.

Saturday sees the start of a week of action from environmental campaigners at the Drax power station.

And Al Gore, former US vice- president, pops up at the Edinburgh Television Festival to talk about his award-winning TV network dedicated to viewer-produced content.

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2018. All rights reserved.

Comments have not been enabled for this article.