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There may be 500,000 cases of headlice in England, says The Economist. When nit-nurses were phased out in 1986, only 200,000 cases were recorded.

Repairs to Salisbury Cathedral may not be finished for 40 years because English Nature is expected to withdraw its help, leaving funds down from £1.2 million a year to £250,000.

Nearly 60 per cent of construction firms expect to earn more fees in 1998's third quarter than 1997 and 20 per cent expect less, says the cic.

1275 directors were disqualified in the year ending 30 June 1998, a 13 per cent increase on 1996/7, dti figures show.

Total value of main building contracts awarded over 12 months peaked last summer at more than £2500 million, but slipped to £2400 million by December, according to construction data firm Glenigan.

12km of piping is going into government buildings for a new energy- saving combined heat and power scheme to cut co2 emissions by almost 5000 tonnes a year. The DETR says it will reduce Government bills by £0.5m.

The average delay in flights last summer was 37.6 minutes compared with 37.5 minutes in 1997. Air Transport Users Council also said 17.25 per cent of flights were more than an hour late.

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