Sunday Round-Up: The main stories from yesterday's City pages

Independent on Sunday

Tim Melville-Ross, the new Institute of Directors chief, will lead a campaign against the Cadbury report's rules on corporate governance which many directors say is costing business millions of pounds to implement. The campaign could prompt more companies to challenge the code of best practice.

The Government is braced for a political storm over a report on competition in the domestic gas market which could lead to higher gas bills for millions of households.

Mail on Sunday

Cable and Wireless, parent of Mercury Communications, is to cut 200 key jobs at its headquarters in what could be the first step in a break-up and flotation of Mercury's constituent parts on the stock market.

Grand Metropolitan and Courage have postponed plans to float 2,000 pubs owned by their Inntrepreneur Estates joint venture.

The International Petroleum Exchange, the oil futures market, is investigating whether people connected with one of its leading firms have been cheating clients.

Sunday Telegraph

The end of the five-year fixed-rate mortgage is at hand after many lenders withdrew deals and others raised rates for new business.

Prospective bidders for British Coal are set to clash with the Government over who should be responsible for potential liabilities resulting from pollution, industrial diseases and future redundancies.

Swiss Bank Corporation and Jardine Underwriting are establishing one of the largest Lloyd's investment vehicles. The new concern will have a capacity of pounds 270m and Swiss Bank is seeking more corporate capital to back the pounds 10.9bn London insurance market.

Sunday Times

The pharmaceuticals giant Glaxo is talking to McKesson, the US drugs wholesaler, about the possibility of taking a big stake or buying it for around dollars 4bn.

Michael Heseltine is planning a partial privatisation of the Post Office which values it at more than pounds 2bn. The counters division, which runs 19,000 sub-post offices, would remain publicly owned.

Abu Dhabi has handed Swaleh Naqvi, a key figure in the Bank of Credit and Commerce International scandal, over to the FBI.


The boom in cross-Channel shopping for drink and tobacco could knock as much as 2 per cent off the retail price index if the Chancellor bows to mounting pressure to lower duties to French levels.

Northern Rock is planning to leave the endowment mortgage market after concern from consumer groups that thousands of policies may not repay loans.