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Some 27 per cent of Britons consider a bungalow to be the ideal home.The survey by the Alliance and Leicester also revealed that the next most sought-after home is the starter home (16 per cent) followed by the farmhouse (10 per cent).

The government failed to spend £4 billion earmarked for schools and hospitals during the last Parliament, according to Treasury figures.

Nearly three-quarters of UK citizens have no interest in starting their own business, according to a DTI survey.The survey was commissioned to assess UK entrepreneurial spirit.Only 12 per cent were considering going into business, while 50 per cent of respondents believed successful business people had 'low morals'.

The UK's trade deficit reached a record £33.6 billion in 2001 according to the Office for National Statistics.

A slowdown in world trade and high competition over exports were blamed.

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