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The latest sign of Tony Blair's determination to improve standards of public building will take place at a No 10 reception next week, where architects and the people who commission them in the public sector will join forces. The event is part of an ongoing programme which began two years go when the PM called for action, and asked Lord Falconer to head a Cabinet committee to make things happen. Close co-operation between the committee, CABE and various government departments is now getting a top-level boost, with a Downing Street-backed conference on public sector procurement likely to take place later in the year. Meanwhile a pamphlet outlining what the government's aspirations are for public design, and how they could be better achieved, will be launched at the event. It should take minds off the Dome, at least for the evening . . .

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