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Crime and Disorder Bill wins assent

THE CRIME and Disorder Bill, cracking down on nuisance neighbours and bringing faster justice for youths, gained Royal Assent yesterday after ministers bowed to the Lords and left out a move to cut the gay age of consent to 16.

Royal Assent was also announced for the Government of Wales Bill, devolving administration to a Welsh Assembly; the National Minimum Wage Bill, allowing ministers to set a minimum wage of pounds 3.60 an hour for adults and pounds 3 for young people; and the Budget-enacting Finance Bill.