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In the papers today - 8 March

Carillion has absorbed the Mowlem business that it bought last year more quickly than expected, contributing to a 30% in pre-tax profit. The order book more than doubled to £16bn and profit margins rose from 1.4% to 1.7% - Financial Times
Balfour Beatty is cautiously optimistic about the outlook at home and in the US after sealing its takeover of the Centex Construction building group and posting a 13% rise in pre-tax profit. Strong underlying markets and a new £272m contract at Centex set the stage for a good 2007 - Financial Times Permits to emit carbon dioxide should be priced at about £13 to £20 per tonne in phase three of the European Union's emissions trading scheme from 2012, the EU's energy commissioner has said. That would be a sharp rise from the current price of permits for phase two of the scheme, which starts next year - Financial Times The 'viewing corridors' that forbid tall buildings from being built in the sight line of St Paul's Cathedral and the House of Commons will soon be narrowed under plans by London Mayor Ken Livingstone. The changes could prompt a spate of developments in central London in a few pockets that were previously off-limits - Financial Times Train builders will be urged by the government to find ways of fitting more passengers into each carriage on long-distance trains as it prepares to publish its ideas about what should replace the ageing InterCity 125 fleet. The requirement is one of several stipulations in tender documents apparently aimed at restraining the cost of a replacement for the workhorses of several of Britain's long-distance rail routes - Financial TimesEurotunnel has spent an estimated £89m on lawyers' and financial advisers' fees in its battle against bankruptcy, the cross-Channel operator revealed yesterday. The Anglo-French business is close to ending its two-year struggle against the threat of insolvency - The Guardian The British government is considering putting climate change on to the agenda of the UN security council for the first time to underline the urgency of the issue. UK officials are holding talks with the other 14 member states ahead of Britain taking over the council presidency for the month of April - The Guardian The £10bn project to build an east to west rail route through the centre of London came a critical step nearer yesterday as the prime minister said that the government was 'absolutely committed to it'. It is understood that the Department for Transport is urging the Treasury to make the funds available for Crossrail and Tony Blair said yesterday he would be entering talks with the chancellor Gordon Brown on a financial package - The IndependentBritain's biggest energy companies have been investigated by the regulator Ofgem over the way they operate 'green' schemes that offer the public the chance to be supplied with wind, wave and solar power. Ofgem said it is concerned that customers may be being misled about the actual impact of the so-called 'green tariffs' on the generation of renewable energy - The Independent

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