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Property consultant Knight Frank reports that demand for business property in central London fell by 33 per cent in the third quarter of this year. The supply of office space increased by 25 per cent.

The world's supply of fresh water will begin to run out by 2050, according to the State of the World's Population 2001 report, from the UN Population Fund. It blames a booming world population, which will reach 9.3 billion from the current 6.1 billion.

The same report reveals that by 2015 there will be 23 'mega-cities'- those with a population of 10 million or more. It forecasts that Tokyo will have the largest population, with 26.4 million.

Sir John Bourn, head of the National Audit Office, told told parliament that PFI financing of the refurbishment of the Treasury in Whitehall had saved the taxpayer £13 million.

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