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£200 million is expected to be spent at Kent's Bluewater shopping centre over the Christmas period. The Dartford mall, illuminated by 500,000 fairy lights, has 360 shopsand restaurants.

600 million children live on less than 70p a day - 50 million more than a decade ago. Unicef said wars and aids threaten to overturn a century of improvements.

The detr says its 60 per cent brownfield housing target is 'challenging but achievable' after claiming that 52 per cent of new homes in 1997 were built on previously developed land. With conversions the total of new homes on brownfield land was 55 per cent.

England had 1.65m ha of green belt land in 1997, an increase of 1,850ha from 1993, according to the detr.

46,200 homes were started during the last three months,up 10 per cent on a year ago, also according to the detr.

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