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In the papers today - Thursday 12 April

A-Level students should be paid to pass their science and maths exams, says a report out today. The Council for Industry and Higher Education is calling for the government to act on the falling number of students choosing to study science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects - The Daily Telegraph
David Milliband admitted yesterday that he is under pressure from senior Blairites to stand for the Labour Party leadership as a clear majority of council chiefs said they would prefer him as prime minister to Gordon Brown - The Daily TelegraphNetwork Rail has held secret talks with Scottish Labour politicians about taking control of trains north of the border under plans to make Scotland a test case for the rest of the rail industry. The new integrated operation could be introduced in 2011 when the franchise of First ScotRail, which runs 90% of services, is due to be renegotiated - The TimesEvery household in Britain is to be offered free devices to show how much electricity they are using at any time of the day. The monitors will be provided with every new meter installed and to anyone who asks for one under plans unveiled by the government - The TimesShell is to pay European investors £177M in compensation over the reserves overbooking scandal that hit the oil giant in 2004 - The Independent

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