UK loses its top ranking

The UK no longer has the safest roads in Europe, according to a report released yesterday.

The UK no longer has the safest roads in Europe, according to a report released yesterday.

The country has lost its top ranking position in the European road safety league as progress on reducing the number of road deaths has been slower than in other countries.

The UK now has a higher number of road deaths per million population than the Netherlands and Sweden, according to the European Transport Safety Council's (ETSC) first Road Safety PIN Report.

HIPS `loophole'

THE row over home information packs (HIPs) intensified yesterday amid claims that a loophole in regulation rendered the controversial measures unenforceable.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said sellers needed only to prove they had ordered a HIP when exchanging contracts and as such may never need to pay for a pack.

The Government dismissed the claims as "nonsense" and said RICS should focus on "putting its own house in order", suggesting that the organisation's members were now split on the issue.

`Costs will soar'

START-up costs for the new UK Supreme Court will top a "staggering" £100 million, the Conservatives said yesterday as it emerged that running costs have spiralled by £2 million a year.

The claim came as the Government announced the start of work at London's historic Middlesex Guildhall, which will house the court. The Supreme Court will act as the final court of appeal in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, hearing criminal and civil cases from all three regions, and civil cases from Scotland.

Just the job

PARENTS prefer their children to be taught by someone who has had a previous career in industry, according to a report yesterday.

A survey of 1,300 adults showed that four out of five wanted to see more teachers who had worked in a different job first. Most headteachers agreed with the parents, with half wanting to increase the number of "career changers" in their schools, said the report by the Training and Development Agency.

Diana line-up

MORE acts were announced yesterday for Prince William and Prince Harry's concert in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, ahead of extra tickets going on sale. Anastacia, Jason Donovan, Andrea Bocelli and Donny Osmond were added to the line-up on July 1 at Wembley Stadium.


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