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In the papers - Monday, 21 April 2008

Chris Bolt is planning to step down as chairman of the Office of Rail Regulation when his five-year term ends in July 2009...

.... Mr Bolt, who heads the 11 strong board, has told colleagues that he has no plans to continue in his £107,583 non-executive post for a second term, partly because of his other commitments – Daily Telegraph

Boris Johnson accused Ken Livingstone last night of using millions of pounds of public money to bribe Tube maintenance staff into calling off a 48-hour strike that would have paralysed all lines just before the mayoral election on May 1 - The Times

Household energy bills could increase by £250 annually as consumers pay for high wholesale prices this winter. According to industry analysts, a 25 per cent increase in gas and electricity bills could push up annual bills beyond £1250 per household – Daily Telegraph

Parents will be forced to pay up to £75 to drop off or collect their children by car from school under a scheme to lower vehicle emissions. Permits are to be issued to parents in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames from the start of September in an attempt to cut vehicle emissions – Daily Telegraph

Routing journeys carried out by millions of British motorists can be monitored by authorities in the United States and other enforcement agencies across the world under anti-terrorism rules introduced discreetly by Jacqui Smith. The discovery that the images of cars captured on road-side cameras, and "personal data" derived from them including number plates, can be sent overseas, has angered MPs and civil liberties groups concerned by the increasing use of "Big Brother" surveillance tactics – Daily Telegraph

The Office of Fair Trading has been accused of generating "misinformation" and "innuendo" in its announcement last week of an investigation into alleged price-rigging among the UK's largest building groups. The Construction Confederation has asked the OFT to make a swift clarification – The Daily Telegraph

MPs should have access to the details of private finance initiative (PFI) deals to allow them to judge whether the taxpayer is securing good value for money, one of Parliament's most important committees said yesterday. The liaison committee - made up of the chairs of the other select committees - said claims of commercial confidentiality were making it difficult for MPs to scrutinise the growing number of PFI contracts and other outsourced deals - Financial Times

Eurotunnel is racing to finalise a €900m (£710M) rights issue in the first week of May that could increase the proportion of equity owned by its 500,000 shareholders. Jacques Gounon, executive chairman of the tunnel operator, is meeting investment banks in the next two weeks to have the issue underwritten with terms that encourage shareholders to take up the new shares - Financial Times

The largest hydropower scheme ever conceived, a £40bn project on the Congo river which could double electricity supplies to Africa, enters the planning phase today when local governments meet in London with the world's largest banks and construction companies. The grand Inga dam in the Democratic Republic of Congo will generate twice as much electricity as the world's largest dam, the Three Gorges in China, supporters say - The Guardian

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