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Issue No. 1741

did things get better?

Rubbish policy

A COMMITTEE of MPs has rubbished the government's way of dealing with waste. New Labour is proud that it has set a target to make councils recycle 25 percent of rubbish by 2005 and 33 percent by 2015. But the MPs said the target should be 60 percent.

The report is severely critical of New Labour policies which are encouraging more incinerators. It says unfair subsidies and help from the Private Finance Initiative are funding huge incinerators "by the back door".

Further anguish

LACK OF spending on radiotherapy is leading to women in some parts of Britain unnecessarily having their breasts removed after a cancer diagnosis. Karol Sirkora, who headed the World Health Organisation's cancer programme for two years, found that surgeons are operating in many parts of Britain because the radiotherapy service is under pressure and waiting lists are long.

Records stopped

METROPOLITAN Police chiefs are refusing to collect full information about stop and search incidents. The Macpherson inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence said the police should record the reason for stopping people, the outcome of the search, and the ethnic identity of the person stopped.

Ian Blair, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said it would be "an unnecessary bureaucratic process" to collect this information. Black people are five times more likely to be stopped and searched than whites.

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Sat 31 Mar 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1741
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