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News Maths is the only subject where girls still lag behind boys

Girls lack confidence in their ability in maths and science and are therefore put off from applying for jobs in engineering and computing, a new study from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows today.

US Independence: Shale gas helps make it self-sufficient in energy

US to become world leader in oil and gas thanks to fracking

The United States will leapfrog Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world's biggest producer of oil and gas in the next five years as the controversial practice of "fracking" for hydrocarbons contained in shale rocks has enabled the country to increase production massively, according to an authoritative new report.

Taxman admits Government powerless to force multinationals to declare profits

HMRC chief denies turning blind eye to global giants avoiding massive UK tax bills

Cancer costs EU £99bn per year

Cancer costs European countries 124 billion euros (£99 billion) every year, according to the first estimate of the full economic burden of the disease in the EU.

Think-tank in warning to UK

Britain's struggling economy is on course to shrink this year as the eurozone's debt crisis bites, according to the OECD think-tank.

Vince Cable: The Lib Dem Business Secretary was described by Beecroft as 'a socialist'

Vince Cable denies Chancellor ambitions

Business Secretary Vince Cable denied today that he was pushing to be made Chancellor, as David Cameron faced a call from one of his own backbenchers to move George Osborne out of the Treasury.

George Osborne must stay the course, says OECD

George Osborne's programme of deficit reduction was today strongly endorsed by the head of a major international economic organisation, who urged the Chancellor to “persevere” and “stay the course”.

English schools neglect brightest children, says report

England is neglecting its brightest children, leaving them lagging far behind youngsters overseas, new research suggests.

Maggie Morgan takes a Spanish class for year two pupils at St Paul’s School in Brighton

Britain's children left behind in languages by the time they're three

At least 11 countries have lowered the age at which children start language lessons, says study

OECD hits out at pension plan

The Government's plans to enrol people automatically in pension schemes are flawed because the contributions are too low, an economic think-tank said yesterday.

Small Talk: SMEs could pay the price if banking reform hits lending

Unlike households, there are no state-backed safety nets to protect firms when they fall

Global aid fall sparks cash call

Europe's richest countries today faced pressure to step up cash support for developing nations after figures showed the first fall in global aid for 14 years.

Construction data boosts UK economy

The nation's builders saw new orders rise at the fastest rate in four-and-a-half years last month, a survey said today, further boosting hopes that the UK has dodged another recession.

UK heading back into recession, says OECD

The UK has slipped back into recession after the economy contracted in the first quarter of 2012, an influential think-tank warned today.

Richest nations 'pulling out of economic slide'

Developed nations are pulling out of the economic slide seen at the end of 2011, according to new data based on hundreds of millions of financial transactions.

OECD survey suggests boost for economy

Hopes that the UK might dodge another recession were boosted today as an influential forecaster revealed a positive shift in economic activity at the start of the year.

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