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Sadly no reports of a Routemaster singing Wonderwall

Underground to offer 'rail miles'

FREE RIDES are to be offered to regular riders on the London Underground and bus network when a new "smartcard" replaces conventional tickets, LU has announced.

Signed and sealed on the internet

A TINY microchip storing our identities, our medical histories and even our cash is a device much used by science fiction writers. Truth is rapidly catching up with fiction, and smart cards with considerable intelligence have already been developed.

We give advice, we don't censor

Lady Howe believes we were wrong about the Broadcasting Standards Commission

Failing Tube system posts record profit

London Underground: Ailing lines carry an extra 100,000 passengers and rake in pounds 265m, but face further delays

NatWest calls the future on a mobile

THE PROSPECT of being able to run a bank account using a mobile phone moved a step nearer yesterday when NatWest joined forces with a telecoms company.

Money: Just sign on the digital line

Electronic ID is the modern way to make your mark. By Stephen Pritchard

TRIED & TESTED: THE SMART CARD

Do you want to be remembered as a stylish professional or a used- car salesman? We pick the best business cards

Law Report: 11 march 1998; Resale of unexpired tickets amounted to theft

Law Report: Regina v Marshall and others

Learning scheme to last for a lifetime

ONE MILLION people will each receive pounds 150 towards education or training as part of Government plans to promote lifelong learning.

A strong hand for the chip set

Are smart cards the key `enabling technology', as some experts claim? Mark Vernon investigates

Judge bans `smart cards' that cut off water supplies

LOCAL councils are welcoming a High Court judge's landmark decision yesterday banning water companies from using new electronic "smart" card payment systems to cut off customers who do not pay their bills.

Personal Finance: Barclaycard grants a new lifeline to students

The National Union of Students (NUS) has just clinched a deal giving its official seal of approval to Student Barclaycards, the junior version of the UK's first - and still its leading - credit card, in return for a donation of pounds 1 a head to the union's funds. The deal is worth a cool pounds 220,000 a year to the national union and to local student unions.

Sema shares soar as it wins pounds 305m contract to handle disability benefit tests

THE DEPARTMENT of Social Security yesterday awarded a huge contract to handle the medical assessment of disability benefit claims to Sema, the Anglo-French computer services group. News of the deal, worth pounds 305m over a five-year period, sent shares in Sema soaring. They ended the day up 72.5p at 1910p.

De La Rue chief quits after fresh profit warning

De La Rue yesterday shocked the market when it unveiled its fourth profit warning in less than three years and revealed plans to halve its annual dividend. Jeremy Marshall, who has been chief executive of the banknote and cash handling group since 1989, has left the company after deciding to retire two years earlier than expected.

Government considers pulling plug on ICL benefit claim system

A pounds 1.5bn project to replace Benefits Agency order books and Giro cheques with plastic payment cards and to computerise all Post Offices appeared close to collapse last night.
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