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Blunders by the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs helped spread the foot and mouth virus, a former official has claimed. He described disinfection procedures as 'a farce' and 'a PR exercise'.

Former Skanska Construction owner Kvaerner this week suspended trading of its shares and called a crisis meeting with investors and creditors in a bid to stave off bankruptcy. It needs an injection of £165M to stay afloat.

The most effective antipollution organisation in the UK is not the Environment Agency but the Anglers' Conservation Association, a voluntary body with a staff of seven. According to a report by the Institute of Economic Affairs, settlements won by the ACA in court exceed £32M.

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