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WHEEL CASH: Loans are to be offered to civil servants to enable them to buy bicycles, Stephen Dorrell, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said. Departments would be allowed to determine the conditions 'on which advances of salary to assist civil servants in the purchase of bicycles for home to office travel are made'.

ENVIRONMENT: Sir George Young, Housing Minister, said environmental assessments would be required in some cases for the following: trout farms, water treatment plants, wind generators, motorway service areas and golf courses.

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