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The proportion of the UK's workforce that contributes to a private pension in addition to the state provision has dropped by four percentage points since Labour came to power in 1997, says a MORI poll.This represents one million fewer workers on private pension schemes.

Some 226,000 cars were abandoned or dumped in the UK in 2002, says the Department for the Environment.This is a response, the Liberal Democrats claim, to the escalating costs of car disposal.

A ban on door-to-door salesmen would be supported by 95.7 per cent of homeowners, a survey for the Trading Standards Institute has found.The institute is asking the government for legislation that would outlaw such selling.

More than 45 per cent of small businesses believe the government's policies towards business are 'poor'or 'very poor', new research for Office World Quarterly has concluded.Only 14.2 per cent of those questioned said they would vote for Labour at the next election.

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