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IN BRIEF

TH urged to claim

for QE2 fiasco

SHAREHOLDERS are calling on Trafalgar House to press for compensation from subbies involved in the disastrous refit of the QE2.

Payments to disgruntled passengers on the cruise liner, which is owned by the firms Cunard division, totalled more than 7.5 million.

Bailey expands

ELECTRICAL and mechanical engineering contractor N G Bailey has opened offices in Newcastle as part of an expansion into the north-east.

The move follows the companys success in securing several recent contracts in the region.

2bn NHS budget

THE National Health Service will spend some 2 billion on building work, engineering and new equipment in the 1995/96 financial year, health minister Tom Sackville said. This includes income from selling surplus land, but not money raised through private finance.

Slaves warning

SLAVE labour could be used to build a massive 90 m dam on the Yangtze River in China.

That is the warning from the Asian branch of Human Rights which is worried about the use of possible forced labour on the site. The dam will lead to flooding of 600 km of the river.

Yes to single voice

PROPOSALS to create a single voice for the engineering professions have gained unanimous backing from all the institutions concerned and from the Engineering Council.

Tighter restrictions

ENVIRONMENT secretary John Gummer has told MPs on the environment select committee that he is to tighten planning restrictions on out-of-town retail developments to try to boost existing town centres.

Retail building is worth some 1 billion, and much of this has gone on greenfield and edge-of-town sites in recent years.

Welsh roads guide

AN 80-page guide to designing roads in the lowland areas of Wales has been launched by Welsh secretary John Redwood.

The guide, which advises on visual, environmental and engineering issues, complements Roads in Upland Areas.

DoE digest

THE Department of the Environment has published its latest Digest for the Construction Industry with a comprehensive collection of key construction facts and figures. The digest costs 21 from HMSO.

AEA jobs go

AEA Technology, part of the Atomic Energy Authority, is axing 400 administration jobs in the run-up to privatisation.

The privatisation bill is expected to go before parliament soon with the sell-off next year at the earliest.