Update: 12:50

June 24, 2002

Morris confirms tuition fees here to stay
Education Secretary Estelle Morris has confirmed that tuition fees are here to stay. She told ITV: "If we want 50 per cent of our people under 30 to go to university, I think they have actually got to pay a contribution and that is likely to be through fees."

Farm animal living conditions examined
An Oxford University study due to be launched today will look at which living conditions farm animals like best. Scientists will examine the animals' behaviour and reactions to differently designed living quarters in an effort to find a balance between animal welfare and the commercial constraints for farmers.

Asbestos halts Workington demolition
The demolition of Workington's former college has stopped because asbestos has been found on the site. The Park Lane buildings are being flattened to make way for a new £10 million infirmary.

Queen's Belfast to hire, not fire staff
Queen's University, Belfast, has dismissed claims that it will embark on a major redundancy programme following academic council's approval of a restructuring plan. It says the proposals, being considered by senate tomorrow, will lead to the appointment of 80 new staff.

Belfast paramilitaries blast student house
Six students have fled the house where they were living in South Belfast following a blast bomb attack in the early hours of this morning. They have blamed loyalist paramilitaries, and said a Catholic man moved out a month ago after being threatened.

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