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A serious shortage of homes has caused an 8.5 per cent rise in London house prices in the past three months.London accounts for 10 per cent of UK house sales.

The foot-and-mouth crisis has caused the countryside to lose £7.5 million in tourist revenue, according to the CPRE. It says 250,000 jobs are also under threat.

Construction orders in the three months to April 2001 rose by 2 per cent on the same period in 2000, according to government figures.And orders in the year to April rose 6 per cent compared with the previous year.

An employment attitudes survey by consultancy Eden Brown shows that one in five people have experienced discrimination at work.

Ageism, at 35 per cent, was the most common complaint (17 per cent too young,18 per cent too old), while 23 per cent complained of sex discrimination and 11 per cent of race discrimination.

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