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Darling on Northern Rock crisis
Queue at Northern Rock
Northern Rock staff had to deal with long queues at branches
The Chancellor Alistair Darling will make a Commons statement today on the Northern Rock crisis, which led to the first run on a UK bank for more than a century.

He is to try to boost consumer confidence, including details of plans to protect the first 35,000 of savings of bank and building society customers.

The feared collapse of Northern Rock - triggered in part by the knock-on effects of problems in the US sub-prime mortgage market - led to scenes of panic across the country, with thousands of investors queueing outside branches to withdraw their cash.

Mr Darling's statement at 1215 BST will follow questions in the Commons to the Business, Enterprise and regulatory reform Secretary and questions to the Minister for Women and Equality.

Northern Rock's chief executive Adam Applegarth and chairman Matt Ridley are to be questioned by the Commons Treasury Select Committee next week.

'Cash for honours'

The Commons' Public Administration Committee is today resuming its inquiry into propriety and the honours system.

MPs are hearing evidence from the Lords Appointment Commission.

Lord Stevenson of Coddenham and Lord Hurd of Westwell will face questions from MPs.

The Committee suspended its inquiry after the Metropolitan Police launched its own investigation into the so-called "cash for honours" affair - a probe which eventually ended with the Crown Prosecution Service deciding there were no grounds for prosecution.

The MPs say they are not trying to continue the police inquiry by other means but wish to consider policy and regulatory issues.

EU treaty

Gordon Brown is due to meet the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso in Downing Street today, ahead of crucial talks in Lisbon next week on the new European Union reform treaty.

At Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday Mr Brown again rejected Conservative demands for a referendum on the treaty.

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