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FROM THE SUN­DAY TIMES 50 YEARS AGO

The par­ent-teach­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion of Cam­bridge High School in East Lon­don has sent a cir­cu­lar let­ter to par­ents ask­ing if they ob­ject to their chil­dren, in­clud­ing girls, be­ing fin­ger­printed. The move fol­lows theft and van­dal­ism at the school. No ob­jec­tions have been re­ceived. It is un­der­stood that the po­lice are plan­ning to finger­print more than 500 pupils and staff, but the com­man­der at the Cam­bridge po­lice sta­tion has re­fused to com­ment. The chair­man of the as­so­ci­a­tion, Mr HM Hin­wood, said that a par­ent and the po­lice had sug­gested the mass fin­ger­print­ing. — Oc­to­ber 13 1968

FROM THE SUN­DAY TIMES 25 YEARS AGO

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Derek Keys is be­hind a last-ditch at­tempt to defuse the petrol price cri­sis. The oil in­dus­try is ex­am­in­ing its mar­gins to see what im­me­di­ate cuts can be made to the petrol price. Trans­port and En­ergy Af­fairs Min­is­ters Piet Wel­ge­moed and George Bartlett are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of pro­vid­ing sub­si­dies for the mini bus taxi in­dus­try. Taxi and union fed­er­a­tions will meet on Thurs­day to for­mu­late an ac­tion plan to protest against both the price in­crease and the Govern­ment’s re­jec­tion of the Na­tional Eco­nomic Fo­rum rec­om­men­da­tion that it be rolled back pend­ing a de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion. An in­dus­try source says the in­dus­try believes that a mar­gin in­crease is jus­ti­fied, but that 0,5c/l is not worth the po­lit­i­cal heat gen­er­ated. — Oc­to­ber 17 1993

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