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As Britain's unemployment rate slides below 9 per cent, businesses are crying out for highly skilled workers. But the Government's pet scheme for trai ning the jobless is a shambles.

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A West End solicitor has been instrumental in securing an amendment to the Sunday Trading Bill. Geoffrey Silman, a partner in the four-partner firm Nathan, Silman, was concerned that as it stood the effect of the Bill could be to compel some small shopkeepers to open on Sundays.

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Inside Parliament: Tories mass ranks to defend armed forces: Rifkind announces cuts in miltary hardware - Benefits for young single mothers under fire - Labour attacks 'vandalism' of pit closures

Single teenage mothers lost out in the Commons yesterday to the massed ranks of Britain's armed forces as Tory backbenchers cast round for savings in public spending.

All-party unity over women's campaign

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