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16 May 2012

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Britain Needs To Go Metric Says Lord Howe

Former foreign secretary Lord Howe has called for an urgent changeover to metric claiming that Britain's mixture of measurement systems will give this summer's Olympic visitors the impression the country is "a nation living in the imperial past".

He told peers the lack of action to deal with the "confusing shambles" was the "most glaring omission" from the Queen's Speech.

North Sea Gas Leak Stopped

The gas leak from the Elgin platform in the North Sea has been stopped according to oil firm Total.

An attempt to stop the leak by pumping heavy mud into the well got under way on Tuesday.

Total said the operation had stopped the well leak within 12 hours and described the development as a "major turning point".

The company's platform was evacuated when the gas began leaking on Sunday 25 March.

ISPs Told To Be Honest About Broadband Speeds

Broadband companies are failing to offer a speed quote to potential customers in 41% of their sales calls, in breach of a code introduced last year to protect consumers.

A mystery shopping exercise carried out for telecoms watchdog Ofcom tested how many broadband providers followed the rules by offering an estimated speed without prompting by the customer.

TalkTalk was the worst offender, offering an unprompted quote in just 47% of cases, compared to an average across all providers of 59%. BT Total Broadband was the second worst, offering a quote in only 48% of calls.

Since July last year, a voluntary code signed by all the largest internet service providers requires them to inform potential customers of their likely maximum speed, in the form of a range, as early as practicable in the sales process.

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