A row has erupted between Britain's £700bn commercial property industry and London mayor Ken Livingstone over how the capital's office buildings can be made more environmentally friendly.
Livingstone wants the industry to ensure that 20% of the energy used to run new buildings in the capital comes from renewable sources from 2008 - double the current guideline. But trade body the British Council of Offices claims the proposals are doomed - The Times
Trainmakers from across the world, including mainland Europe, Japan and China expressed interest in supplying the UK's largest order of new trains by a deadline yesterday. However, many of the suppliers look set to form complex joint ventures as they grapple with a specification widely seen within the industry as impossible to meet - The Financial Times
Ministers have been accused of 'sheer profligacy' as it emerged that the public sector has spent more than £7.2 billion on private consultancy firms over the past three years. A report from the Commons Public Accounts Committee says that many government departments were not sure how much they spent on outside advisors. In two out of five cases, departments admitted they had used consultants 'when it was not necessary' and that, in many cases, the department's own officials could have done the same job for less moneyThe Daily Telegraph
A Nazi academy designed by Albert Speer and forgotten for decades has become the focus of a monumental treasure hunt in Berlin after explorers claimed to have found it under a mountain of rubble. The huge complex, which was part of Speer's grand design for the Third Reich's capital Germania, was intended to train a new generation of Nazi military engineers producing 'wonder weapons'.The Daily Telegraph
Network Rail is planning to give up its right to call upon a £4 billion emergency funding package from the government in a further sign that it believes it can stand on its own two feet. The company which also hopes to raise its first loans next year without a government guarantee, was provided with a standby faclity as part of a £21 billion funding package when it succeeded Railtrack in 2002.The Daily Telegraph