Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

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* Tony Blair has suggested that the parents of children who are suspended from school be forced to take time off work to supervise them. The prime minister is concerned that suspension is not regarded as enough of a punishment and encourages bored youngsters to cause trouble in their local neighbourhoods.

* Funding decisions on the £10bn Crossrail system for London have been delayed until the New Year. Transport secretary Alistair Darling said he wanted to wait for the results of the Lyons' council tax review before deciding how much the government would contribute.

* Engineering firm Balfour Beatty faces a severe fine after admitting breaching safety standards before the Hatfield train disaster in 2000. The firm, cleared by an Old Bailey judge of corporate manslaughter, pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety Act. …

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