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Some Bank of England regulators wanted lenders to be forced to raise even more fresh capital than the £25 billion they were told to produce last week, minutes from the latest meeting of the financial policy committee indicate.

Barclays chief to lead reform of tax and welfare system

Martin Taylor, chief executive of the Barclays banking group, yesterday became the second top businessman to be drafted in to spearhead Government reforms, after being appointed by the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, to head a task force aimed at streamlining the tax and benefits systems.

Treasury ordered to open its books

Treasury forecasts are to be opened up to independent scrutiny by the National Audit Office, with a clear hint of suspicion that the books were cooked by the Tories.

Forest avoid the ultimate indignity

Football: Derby County 0 Nottingham Forest 0

Barclays chiefs defend pounds 2.8m paid to BZW head

Directors of Barclays, the high street bank, yesterday had to defend against some sharp questions from shareholders at the annual general meeting over the pounds 2.85m paid to Bill Harrison, head of its BZW investment banking business.

Juninho shows Derby the door: Football

Derby County 0 Middlesbrough 2 Juninho 39, Ravanelli 90 Attendance: 17,567

Barclays' pounds 300m share buy-back comes unstuck

Barclays yesterday failed in its attempt to buy back pounds 300m worth of shares, with institutional investors apparently wary of the bank's volatile share price in recent days and because of the abolition of tax- breaks announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer last autumn.

Call to replace Cadbury and Greenbury codes

The Cadbury and Greenbury codes on executive pay and corporate governance should be replaced by a clearer framework allowing businesses to be transparent and accountable about their values, an influential group of companies will urge today.

The shepherd in a soldier's coat

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Midnight in the fields of war: Books

Peter Parker celebrates the centenary of Edmund Blunden's birth

No. They're not even fit to tie the laces

Here we go again. There are two kinds of cabinet splits. There are the ordinary ones; and there are the great splits between prime ministers and chancellors which have marked British post-war politics - Thorneycroft and Macmillan in 1958; Roy Jenkins and Harold Wilson during the late 1960s; the bitter Nigel Lawson-Margaret Thatcher grudge match of 1990. This autumn's argument between John Major and Kenneth Clarke is climbing into the same league.

Barclays buy-back takes total to pounds 1bn

Barclays said yesterday it was buying back pounds 405m of its own shares, bringing the total pay-backs to shareholders to almost pounds 1bn in the past 18 months.

The man in pink is still favourite to win Lucas

COMMENT: 'Lucas's attempts to rubbish Mr Quarta and BBA before it has even seen the colour of his paper look odd since Lucas regarded him highly enough to approach the American about taking over from its departing chief executive'

'Round midnight. Or perhaps not at all

Nicholas Kenyon, Controller of Radio 3, is said to have got great pleasure in his youth from surveying the Radio 3 schedules.I know how he feels. I used to too.

Industry View: Big corporate pay rises arm Labour for tax reform

Day after day, Gordon Brown, the shadow chancellor, is being handed juicy political windfalls by Britain's top companies. A succession of recent annual reports has listed large pay rises for directors amounting to 10, 20 or 30 times the rate of inflation.

Pet City poised to be the lizard kings

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