Archive of November 2005

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.


    Hewitt under fire over smoking plans

    Health secretary Patricia Hewitt had trouble getting a word in edgeways yesterday when MPs debated the controversial ban on smoking in public places.


    British Gas faces strike action

    British Gas engineers will take part in five 24-hour strikes in the coming weeks in a battle with the company over pension rights.


    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.


    Commons debates smoking ban

    MPs will today have their first chance to debate plans to introduce a smoking ban when the health bill receives its second reading in the Commons.


    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.

  • CBI warns that massive investment in transport infrastructure is needed

    CBI: Transport problems harming business

    Britain needs to invest at least £300 billion in its transport infrastructure, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).


    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.


    Cameron rejects Archer return

    Conservative leadership frontrunner David Cameron has insisted there would be no place for Jeffrey Archer in a party lead by him.

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