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Sir: John Denham, Minister of for Health, writes of the Private Finance Initiative: "Financial appraisals are used to ensure that schemes are only approved if they offer value for money" (letter, 16 July). What does this amount to?

Letter: Sculptural cleansing

Sir: Perhaps Tom Lubbock should contemplate one of Eduardo Paolozzi's sculptures close to the Tate Gallery before he describes them all as "great bronze pile-ups" ("Selling sculpture by the pound", 27 April).

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Law report: Case Summaries: 9 march 1998

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