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  By a Newsnet reporter

The SNP’s Pete Wishart MP has called for clarity over proposals for refurbishment of the Houses of Parliament following reports that it could cost at least £3 billion.

It is understood that the House of Commons Commission is currently investigating options for the refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster, to be agreed in the next parliamentary session starting 2015.


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  By a Newsnet reporter

The Scottish National Party has welcomed an announcement by the UK Government that it will set up a commission on aviation policy, but has questioned the narrowness of the commission’s remit.

SNP Westminster Transport spokesperson Angus MacNeil MP warned the UK government’s approach remained too focussed on the south-east of England – whether Heathrow should have a third runway or whether there should be a new airport in the Thames estuary.


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  By a Newsnet reporter

Responding to reports a new Games Village will be built at Sighthill, SNP MSP Bob Doris said that while this was a welcome investment, assurances must be given to residents living in the flats that are to be demolished to make way for the village.


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  By Andrew Redmond Barr

The Post Office is currently bidding for a contract of 10 years with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

It is believed by postmasters that the contract will generate an income of £60 million for the Post Office, a figure which has prompted 500,000 people from across the UK to sign a petition in favour of the move.


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  By Bob Duncan

The Scottish Government has announced that it will consider lowering the drink driving limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg, in line with current limits in twenty four other European countries.


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By a Newsnet reporter

Child poverty charity Save The Children published a report on Wednesday entitled “Child Poverty In 2012: It shouldn’t happen here” which has highlighted some shocking statistics about child poverty in the UK today.  Perhaps the most shocking is the relevation that over half of children living in poverty have at least one parent in paid employment.


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  By a Newsnet reporter

A suspect has been detained by Canadian police in Montreal in the early hours of Wednesday after one person was killed and another wounded during a shooting incident at the victory rally of the Parti Quebecois at a theatre in the city.  According to reports, as he was arrested the suspect was heard to shout “The English are waking up.”