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Press "Play" and stand well back: RR+P's 1981 debut is still strong stuff, with a level of energy and experiment that shames today's boho fringe.

Inside Parliament: Reserve teams fail to raise a cheer: NHS pledges repeated at Question Time; MacGregor bows to backbenches on railcards; Government defeat on housing Bill in Lords

THE UNVEILING by the Queen of a statue of Field Marshal Viscount Alanbrooke, the wartime strategist, enabled John Major and John Smith to slip away from the Commons yesterday and leave the ritual Question Time contest to their deputies, Tony Newton and Margaret Beckett.

The Campaign for Cheaper CDs: Plain speaking in committee

AS proceedings got under way in Committee Room 15, I noticed a group of people sitting at the back, writes Jack Hughes. They wore suits and puzzled expressions, I assumed they were from one of the big record companies.

Obituary: Judith Chaplin

Sybil Judith Schofield, civil servant and politician, born 19 August 1939, Head Policy Unit Institute of Directors 1986-88, Special Adviser to Chancellor of Exchequer 1988-90, Head Prime Minister's Political Office 1990-92, OBE 1992, MP (Conservative) for Newbury 1992-93, married 1962 the Hon Robert Walpole (two sons, two daughters; marriage dissolved 1979), 1984 Michael Chaplin, died London 19 February 1993.

MPs critical of Treasury over Lamont payment

TREASURY officials should have 'highlighted' their pounds 4,700 payment to Norman Lamont for having a top libel lawyer handle press inquiries over the letting of his London home to a sex therapist, the Commons Public Accounts Committee said yesterday.

BOOK REVIEW / Old horrors in Oliver's new army: Going to the wars: The Experience of the British Civil Wars, 1638-1651 by Charles Carlton, Routledge pounds 25

THE civil wars of the 17th century were for a long time treated as the central event in the history of the British Isles. The realm of England in particular had supposedly been moving for some centuries towards that crisis, and the modern democratic structure was discerned as steadily developing from the victory of Parliament.

Parliament and Politics: The Mellor Resignation: Peter Brooke: a traditional Tory

PETER BROOKE, appointed yesterday as Secretary of State for National Heritage, is well equipped to deal with the controversial issues of press freedom and the future of the BBC.

Parliament and Politics: The Mellor Resignation: BBC and national lottery top agenda

THE NEW Secretary of State for National Heritage will find a letter from Tam Dalyell on his desk on Monday morning calling for the contents of Pitchford Hall to be saved from auction, writes Colin Brown.

The Recall of Parliament: Grey man refuses to change colour in crisis: Commons Sketch

CALL John Major what you may - 'resign' was the advice chorusing from Labour lips yesterday - he is nothing if not consistent: grey in triumph, grey in disaster.

Leading Article: Will it always have been with us?

ALL THE institutions that really matter to the English middle classes appear to have been in place, unchanged, for centuries. One thinks of Parliament, the monarchy, and The Archers. Of course, appearances are deceptive. Parliament loses sovereignty, the Royal Family loses spouses. Only the Home Service endures from age to age. The new commercial station, Classic FM, which was launched yesterday, must sound a week from now as if it had always been there, if it is to succeed.
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