A Home Office spokeswoman said: "This judgment does not prevent the police from using their power to disperse groups [but it] does affect their power to take children home."The dispersal powers have been used across the country to tackle problems including underage drinking, joyriding, noise nuisance, throwing fireworks, and the harassment and intimidation of residents, she said.Lord Justice Brooke said W, who was 14 at the time, was not removed from the "dispersal area" but his case raised "issues of general importance about the powers of police and community support officers in relation to children and young persons under the age of 16".W first became aware of the new curfew laws when he visited Richmond town centre in June last year. "If the Treasury wants to pay for its existing spending plans and enter the next economic cycle with the public finances in as strong a shape as it has sought in the past, then tax-raising measures will probably be needed."On Tuesday Mr Brown put back the next three-year spending review by a year to 2007 and froze spending levels until 2008, which analysts said would delay the need for tax rises.. The figures showed receipts grew at an annual rate of 7per cent, below the Budget forecast of 8.3 per cent for the year as a whole.Meanwhile central government spending so far this fiscal year showed growth of 7.2 per cent compared with a government target of 6 per cent for the year.The Institute for Fiscal Studies said the change in the start of the cycle from 1999 to 1997 had made it easier for Mr Brown to meet the rule that he must borrow only to fund investment over the economic cycle.Christine Frayne, a senior research economist, said the revisions did not alter the case for tax rises. George Osborne, the Conservative Treasury spokesman, said: "If the Chancellor hadn't cheated the system, we would be seeing the golden rule in deficit for the first time."The ONS said that based on the revised timings the Government was on track to end the cycle with a current budget surplus of 1.77 per cent of GDP or £19.6bn.
"We are on track to meet our fiscal rules," a Treasury spokesman said. "The latest data serves to highlight the continuing overshoots in borrowing."The cumulative deficit on current spending - the measure used for meeting Gordon Brown's "golden rule" - is now 20 per cent greater than a year ago and £7bn greater than the March Budget target of £6bn.The Conservatives said the figures explained Mr Brown's decision on Tuesday to revise the date of the start of the economic cycle used to test the golden rule to include £9bn of surpluses. It took the deficit for the first three months of the new fiscal year to £17bn, just £14.7bn short of the Government's target with nine months of the year left."A simple extrapolation of the first-quarter data results in a £50bn deficit," Ross Walker, at Royal Bank of Scotland, said. By Philip Thornton The deficit in the public finances could hit £50bn in the current financial year, economists warned yesterday as figures showed government borrowing hit a record last month. Public sector net borrowing in June rose to £5.9bn, a 35 per cent jump on the £4.4bn in the same month a year ago and a record for any June, the Office for National Statistics said. A member of the Swan Preservation Society said: "The white ones are a fair bit bigger but these little black ones are dirty fighters."Lynton CrosbyThe 48-year-old adviser to Australian premier John Howard was recruited to mastermind the Tory bid for power in this year's election. Famed for his willingness to "go negative", he was credited with the decision to focus on immigration and the slogan: "Are you thinking what we're thinking?" Apparently we weren't..
The swans last year fought with English mute swans in a grab for territory. I'm here to win the Ashes." When he did, such was the level of Aussie pique, diplomats had to intervene to prevent a political rift.They can't even build us a stadium...Plagued by spiralling costs and delays, Australian firm Multiplex's dithering over the new Wembley Stadium has been Herculean in scale.SwansNot content with outdoing us in sporting aggression, the Australians are intent on forcing their Pom rivals out of their home - at least as far as a group of antipodean black swans in a Lincoln pond are concerned. England captain, Douglas Jardine, said Bodyline was within the rules, adding: "I've not travelled 6,000 miles to make friends. During one Ashes series, wicket keeper Rodney Marsh is reputed to have asked Ian Botham: "Hey Both, how are your wife and my kids?"Poisonous creaturesThere are lots of creepy crawlies in Australia that will not only give you the creeps, they will kill you. Nine out of the world's ten most poisonous spiders occur in Oz, including the funnelweb which hides under toilet seats.