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NUCLEAR BOMBS: Britain is to withdraw its WE177 free-fall nuclear bombs from service by the end of 1998, ending the RAF's nuclear capability. Nicholas Soames, Minister for the Armed Forces, said Britain's sole nuclear deterrent from then on would be the Trident submarine fleet.

nBUSINESS TODAY - Commons: House sits at 10am for Easter adjournment debate; then backbench debates on compensation arising from compulsory purchase orders, privatisation costs, and estate duty - case of Joyce Findlater; Trade and Industry questions; Licensing (Sunday Hours) Bill, remaining stages. Lords: debates on recruitment and training of probation officers, and on arts funding; Boxing Bill, Second Reading.

nThe Commons rises for its Easter break today and the Lords tomorrow. Both Houses return on Tuesday 18 April.

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