14:48 UK time, Thursday, 5 December 2013
Chancellor George Osborne says in his Autumn Statement he hopes tax breaks for small retailers can trigger a revival on the High Street.
The HS2 high-speed rail project, which would run through Staffordshire, is essential for the UK's future and the potential economic gains outweigh any risks, MPs say.
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