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The Independent on SundayMinisters are to unveil proposals to ban smoking in public places. Local authorities are set to be given the power to outlaw...

The Independent on Sunday

Ministers are to unveil proposals to ban smoking in public places. Local authorities are set to be given the power to outlaw the habit in what critics claim is an attempt to introduce a national ban by the back door.

Jon Moulton's private equity firm, Alchemy, could be forced to take a loss on its investment in pub chain Innspired after failing to find a buyer prepared to pay its £350m price tag. It had held talks with County Estate Management, Pubmaster and Punch.

The Observer

Britain's biggest brewer Scottish & Newcastle is considering closing its two breweries in Edinburgh and Newcastle as part of a cost-cutting drive.

Royal Bank of Scotland - a major player in UK pubs - will this week unveil the biggest profits ever recorded by a British bank in a move that is expected to spark uproar from MPs and trade unions.

The Crooked Billet in Berkshire has been voted Best Sunday Lunch venue in the Observer Food Monthly Awards, as voted for by readers. The Angel Inn in Yorkshire was second and the Duke of Cambridge in London was third. London bar Milk & Honey has been voted "best place to drink".

Top chef Gordon Ramsey has installed a £500,000 kitchen at his Buckinghamshire home. It includes a two-and-half-tonne, £67,000 Rorgue cooker, which had to be hoisted in place by crane.

Britain's burgeoning love affair with mushrooms and all things wild and natural is causing concern among experts, who fear many species are under threat.

The Sunday Telegraph

The appointment of Sir Ian Prosser, the former head of Bass and Six Continents, as the new chairman of J Sainsbury has provoked outrage among shareholders, a number of who have vowed to block his appointment.

Managed pub group Spirit is to sell budget hotel chain Premier Lodge, part of the £2.51bn package it bought from Scottish & Newcastle, for around £600m.

The Raymond Revuebar goes the way of all flesh: changing tastes and a fall in tourist numbers means Soho's pioneering strip-club has called in the administrators.

Britain's economic recovery may be hamstrung by excessive Government spending, according to the latest quarterly economic forecast from the British Chambers of Commerce.

The Sunday Times

A budding craze for inhaling alcohol that can increase the effect on the brain by a factor of 10 has been attacked by medical experts as a potential danger.

Ministers are set to scrap council tax and replace it with a levy based partly on the value of people's homes and partly on how much they earn.

The Sunday Times says supermarket group J Sainsbury may be forced to restart its search for a new chairman following investor fury at the appointment of Sir Ian Prosser.

The Mail on Sunday

Moneybox, which installs and operates cash machines in pubs and petrol stations, is to pursue a flotation, which is expected to value it at £85m.

The Sunday Express

New printing technology will cost British tobacco firms an estimated £100m, if Government proposals to put graphic images of diseased organs on cigarette packs get the go-ahead.

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