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Prescott fears European funding inquiry could undermine revival of brownfield sites

JOHN PRESCOTT, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, is in danger of losing a battle with the European Commission that could cost Britain pounds 300m of EU aid to revive run-down areas.

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THE ARCHAEOLOGISTS knew there were relics of the glass-making history of St Helens to be found when they began digging beneath a cone- shaped building that was once the hub of the town's industry. But they did not foresee the discovery of the remains of what is possibly the oldest glass-making furnace in the world.

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Brits buy German rivals

UK FIRMS went on a shopping spree for German rivals yesterday, splashing a total of more than pounds 148m. In the largest of three deals unveiled yesterday, Morgan Crucible the UK maker of industrial materials, agreed to buy Siemens' magnetic components unit in a deal worth DM380m (pounds 125m) in cash and assumed debt.

BNFL poised to buy nuclear division of ABB

BRITISH NUCLEAR FUELS, the state-owned reprocessing company, is poised to buy the nuclear division of ABB, the Swedish-Swiss engineering giant, in one of several deals which are set to transform the industry.

BNFL vows to go ahead with privatisation

BRITISH NUCLEAR Fuels, the state-owned reprocessing company, maintained yesterday that it was on course for partial privatisation, despite the controversy over faked safety records at its Sellafield plant and a sharp increase in operating losses last year.

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Computers `put coastguard at risk'

EXTRA STAFF will deployed by the Coastguard Service for next month's solar eclipse, after repeated "teething problems" in getting its computer system ready for 2000.

Whitehall's IT Fiascos

THE STUDENT Loans computer debacle is only the latest in a long line of government troubles with information technology. The Treasury has to be persuaded to make sufficient initial investment, and decision cycles in government take so long technology has usually changed by the time the project is complete, so systems are outdated and millions of pounds over budget. Recent computer fiascoes include:

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THE CHAOTIC scenes outside the Passport Agency's offices are the disastrous results of the Labour Government's first attempt at a private finance initiative.

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THE PASSPORT crisis could last until September, the Home Secretary admitted in the Commons yesterday.

Siemens and Woodrow link up in Tube bid

THE CONSTRUCTION group Taylor Woodrow has teamed up with Siemens of Germany to bid for the pounds 7bn partial privatisation of London Underground.

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