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Britons spend over £9 million a year on employing domestic help, with more than 2.7 million households having regular assistance, according to a report, 21st Century Housekeeping .

The government's now-defunct Partnership Investment Programme regenerated 1300ha of land, created or safeguarded 29,000 jobs, built 7500 housing units and created 860,000m 2of industrial and commercial floor space in the last year, the DETR claims.

Following Turkey's devastating earthquake last year, UK construction companies are set to win contracts worth £600 million on seven priority projects as part of the rebuilding programme.

The cost of closing the Millennium Dome this month would be £90 million, says executive chairman David James.The figure covers contracts with suppliers and 1200 staff. He says it is cheaper to keep it open.

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