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Cost of logo `only pounds 26,000'

A CONTROVERSIAL new logo for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, described by critics as a mere "blob" will cost pounds 26,000 rather than pounds 79,000, as originally reported, the Secretary of State, Chris Smith said yesterday.

Two weeks off

THE LEADER of the House of Commons, Margaret Beckett announced that the Commons will rise on Wednesday, 31 March for the Easter break, returning on Tuesday 13 April. The Lords rises on the same day but returns a day earlier on Monday, 12 April.

Lockerbie cost

AN EXTRA pounds 1m is being allocated for Scottish law and order, mainly to cover costs connected with holding a trial in the Netherlands of the Lockerbie bombing suspects, the Secretary of State for Scotland, Donald Dewar disclosed. Two hundred and seventy people were killed as a result of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jumbo jet which crashed on to the market town of Lockerbie.

Today's Agenda

Commons: 9.30am

Backbench Business:

t Mental Health (Amendment)(Scotland) Bill,

t Bus Fuel Duty (Exemptions) Bill, second reading

t Short debate on administration of subsidy payments to farmers, Lords: Not sitting.