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Last Updated: Friday, 18 July, 2003, 10:43 GMT 11:43 UK
Jobcentre go-ahead for Ann Summers
The government has conceded defeat in its battle to prevent Ann Summers from advertising in Jobcentres and will allow the sex toys and lingerie chain to advertise from 21 July.

The government had 28 days in which to take its appeal to the Court of Appeal, but in a letter to the company's chief executive Jacqueline Gold dated 11 July it has stated it will accept Ann Summers adverts in all Job Centres from 21 July.

Last month, the High Court quashed an earlier decision to ban the job adverts, saying the policy was "irrational and unlawful".

At the time, Ms Gold said she was "delighted" by the ruling, and called it a "fantastic victory both for Ann Summers and common sense".

The Department for Work & Pensions had argued that some claimants may be uncomfortable about Ann Summers and that it was right not to advertise jobs connected with "the sex or personal services industry".

Ann Summers had argued that its stores were not sex shops and that the ban was "unlawful, unfair and illogical".

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