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BENEFITS AGENCY: The Government will not be privatising or scrapping the Benefits Agency, which calculates and pays out social security benefits, Peter Lilley, Secretary of State for Social Security, announced last night. He said an evaluation of the agency's first four years found it was best to keep distribution of benefits in the public sector.

BUSINESS TODAY - Commons: Treasury questions; Prime Minister's questions; Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to the Registration of Companies) Order; debate on Local Government Finance Special Grant Report; debate on tourism. Lords: Health Authorities Bill, Committee; debate on EU decision on fishing in Irish Box.