Parliament & Politics: The House

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Watchdog's powers questioned

ELIZABETH FILKIN, the new Parliamentary Standards Commissioner should not necessarily be given the power to investigate ministers' financial affairs, Commons Leader Margaret Beckett said.

Schools must teach citizenship

A GREATER emphasis on citizenship lessons in schools will improve pupils' understanding of political issues when they come to vote in referendums, said the Education minister Charles Clarke.

Parliament visit `costs too much'

MPs JOINTLY condemned plans to charge visitors to the Houses of Parliament up to pounds 7 during the summer recess.

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