Government efforts to introduce competition into the water sector needed a complete overhaul, the water regulator said yesterday, adding that not a single water customer had switched supplier since new rules were introduced in 2005.
It is early days for competition in the water industry, and the bulk of customers are not yet able to switch water suppliers. But at the end of 2005 the government passed a new law to allow the 2,200 largest water users to choose which company provides them with water - The Financial Times
Designs for an ambitious new development at the Tate Modern gallery were given the go-ahead last night. The dramatic £215M extension, known as Tate Modern Two, will increase space at the London landmark by 60% - The Independent
Soaring greenhouse gas emissions from power stations are seriously threatening Britain's new climate-change targets, launched in a blaze of publicity only two weeks ago, according to a new report. Emissions of carbon dioxide from the power sector are shooting up because of an increasing switch from burning high-priced gas to cheaper, but more carbon-intensive, coal, says the report, commissioned by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). - The Independent
The Airbus wing factory in Filton, Bristol, will close with the loss of thousands of jobs unless an outside partner is found for the site, the UK head of the aircraft manufacturer has warned. Iain Gray, the managing director of Airbus UK, told MPs yesterday that the future of the facility depended on a joint venture partner investing in the latest composite wing technology and the Government agreeing to increase its support for aerospace research and technology - The Independent
China plans to build the world's highest airport as part of a 100bn yuan (£6.5bn) surge of investment in Tibet in the next four years, the state media reported yesterday. The funds - almost 40% more than was spent on Tibet's infrastructure in the past decade - were hailed as a sign of the central government's commitment to raising the living standards of poor Himalayan communities - The Guardian
The Football Association finally announced yesterday that Wembley Stadium would be ready for this season's FA Cup final on May 19. News that Wembley will stage the Cup final after receiving the safety certificate from Brent Council following two warm-up events over the last fortnight at last gave FA chief executive Brian Barwick something to smile about- The Daily Telegraph