Archive: Domestic Policy

Howard faces Blair for the last time

Michael Howard today marked his final prime minister's questions as Conservative party leader with dogged questioning on when Tony Blair himself would step down.

  • Adair Turner publishes his final pensions report today

    Turner suggests pension age could rise to 69

    The basic state pension should gradually become more generous and less means-tested, paid for by an increase in the retirement age up to 69, Adair Turner said today.

  • Ministers and police urged to investigate claims of CIA flights using UK airports

    CIA 'terror' flights probe demanded

    The government is being urged to take action over claims that UK airports are being used by the CIA to transport suspects to countries where they might be tortured.


    Consumer watchdogs 'feeble'

    Watchdogs set up to strengthen the voice of consumers in the postal and energy markets are "performing feebly", a committee of MPs says today.


    Sick children to be treated at home

    Children who are seriously ill or suffer from life-threatening conditions will be able to choose to be treated at home under new government guidelines published today.


    ONS to be made independent

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will be made independent from government to safeguard its work from political interference, Gordon Brown said today.


    MPs probe terror detention plans

    Plans to give police powers to hold terror suspects for up to 90 days without trial will come under scrutiny by a committee of MPs, it has been announced.


    Met chief faces shooting probe

    An investigation has been launched into how Metropolitan police commissioner Ian Blair dealt with the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes by officers this summer.


    Brown 'does not have' pension power

    Gordon Brown does not have the ultimate power over changes to the pension system, according to the work and pensions secretary.

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