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In the papers today - 24 October

Corruption is rife in the construction industry, according to a new survey by the Chartered Institute of Building.
It found that 41% of its 1,404 respondents had been offered a bribe at least once and 51% thought that corruption was either 'extremely common' or 'fairly common'. The data was backed up by findings by NCE earlier this month in which over a third of respondents admitted to having worked on projects that involved corrupt practice - Financial TimesA fire on a cruise liner that spread to 300 cabins and caused the death of one passenger has forced ship owners to improve safety measures. More than 60 Britons were cruising in the Caribbean on board the 108,000t Star Princess when the fire broke out in March - The Times The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is threatening to pull out of the government's stricken home information packs plan, warning that the relationship between the housing minister and the property industry is at a low - The Daily TelegraphThe UK consumes so much of the world's natural resources that if everyone lived the same way it would take three planets to sustain our lifestyle. The latest rise in consumption has pushed the nation up one place to 14th in the ecological footprint league. Worldwide, the average consumption of natural resources per person is 2.2ha (5.5 acres) of the planet's productive surface - The Times The Earth's natural resources are being eaten up 25% faster than the planet can renew them, according to research by the World Wide Fund for Nature. It says that unless action is taken now the damage will be irreversible - The Times Inter-city bus services in Scotland could be under threat, according to two bus groups that will be forced to sell off some services after a ruling by the Competition Commission yesterday. The Commission ruled that a joint venture between Stagecoach and Scottish Citylink could lead to higher fares and reduced service levels for coach passengers between Glasgow and Aberdeen, and between Edinburgh and Inverness - routes on which the two companies had previously been the main competitors - Financial Times A road that winds past Tintern Abbey has been voted Britain's most picturesque route. The A466, which runs through the Forest of Dean, in the Wye Valley, came top in a poll run by the Mini car company. Dalby Forest Drive in the North York Moors was voted the second most beautiful route on which to drive an open-top car - The TimesA meeting between the government and Airbus about the future of the aircraft manufacturer's operations in Britain ended yesterday without agreement. Alistair Darling, the trade and industry secretary, met Airbus executives in London to discuss launch aid for the company's next aircraft, the A350, and the appointment of a British non-executive director to its board - The Times

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