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THE Irish government's demands for the renaming and effective dismantling of the RUC are slowing the drive for peace in Northern Ireland, according to the Sunday Telegraph. Peace moves have been held up by disagreements between London and Dublin over sections of the forthcoming framework document.

The Observer reports that doctors have been told to cut back the use of keyhole surgery after government health advisers reported that it may be less effective than conventional alternatives.

A plan to make Prince William heir to the throne is being put forward at Balmoral this weekend, the Sunday Express claims. The proposal by the Queen Mother, backed by royal advisors, is that the Prince of Wales and Princess Diana remain married and continue public duties until William comes of age to be presented as the new Prince of Wales. Charles would then retire from public life.

The Sunday People reports that another 38 MPs have tabled Parliamentary questions in return for cash. Westminster sources say the 38 are now terrified they will be exposed if the powerful Commons Privileges committee investigating the 'cash for questions' affair is forced to hold public hearings.

Michael Howard, the Home Secretary, intervened directly to help an application from the Al Fayed brothers for British citizenship, the Mail on Sunday reports.

The News of the World reports that embattled minister Neil Hamilton has denied receiving pounds 15,000 of shopping vouchers from Harrods boss Mohamed Al Fayed.