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THE GUARDIAN

News stand - What the papers say

Power cuts brought the Spanish city of Seville to a standstill last week. Traffic lights failed, causing traffic chaos as a 40infinityC heatwave caused surges in demand.

Welsh secretary Peter Hain said building regulations should be changed to make all new homes in Britain be fitted with solar and water heating panels. Hain compared the £25M invested in solar power by the UK with £66M spent last year by Germany.

Outgoing rail regulator Tom Winsor stepped down this week with an astonishing salvo against the government, claiming that ministers and civil servants are 'in ignorance' of the way railways work and are meddling in a world they do not understand. He added that railway minister Kim Howells 'has been consistently wrong and has to be corrected'.

Winsor is being replaced by a board.

Scotland's spending watchdog, the auditor general for Scotland, has blamed bad management for the Holyrood parliament building overspend. He identified £160M in extra costs from disruption, delays, design changes and inflation, a figure that could have reduced the cost to about £270M from the current £431M.

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