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MILLENNIUM: Staffing for the Millennium Commission, set up to support projects to mark 2001, was expected to cost pounds 1.05m in 1995-96, the Government disclosed. The junior national heritage minister, Viscount Astor, said in a Lords written reply that the organisation, which distributes National Lottery cash to millennium schemes, was due to build up to a full staff complement of 36 in 1995-96.

MISSILES: The Government is placing a pounds 30m order for a further 1,000 Starstreak missiles for the Army, the Defence Procurement Minister, Roger Freeman, announced. He said that the high- velocity missiles, which can be fired from a vehicle, tripod or even a shoulder-launcher, would be purchased from Shorts Missile Systems in Belfast.