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Cabinet die-hard Stephen Byers received the lowest approval rating of any minister in a poll commissioned by the Daily Telegraph. Only six per cent of respondents considered Byers to be doing a 'good job'.

The British economy is growing at its slowest rate for nearly 10 years. The Office for National Statistics has reported that the annual rate of growth has slipped to just one per cent, its lowest level since the final quarter of 1992.

More house prices are rising in Yorkshire than in any other area of the country, according to the RICS.Some 97 per cent more chartered surveyors reported price rises rather than falls in March. The national average for the difference between rises and falls is 57 per cent.

Mortgage lending has reached record levels in the UK.Lending by British Bankers'Association members rose by a record £4.05bn during March to reach £389.4bn.

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