No euro, please, we're British A European Union survey showed that British support for the euro had plummeted to an all-time low of just 22 per cent. Only a quarter of the population were convinced that membership of the EU is a good thing for Britain.
Gay ban The House of Lords rejected the government's attempt to repeal Section 28 with a majority of 270 to 228. The controversial measure bans local authorities from "promoting" homosexuality in schools. The government announced its continued commitment to scrap the section, despite opposition from the Lords.
Arms exports A report by four Commons select committees pointed out that Britain's issuing of licences for arms sales to Zimbabwe constituted a breach of an EU code of conduct. MPs demanded that future arms sales be subject to scrutiny by parliament. The report dealt a blow to Robin Cook's attempts to defend his "ethical foreign policy".
Loyalist killer freed The ex-paramilitary Michael Stone became the 340th convicted terrorist to be released from prison under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. Stone killed three republican mourners at a cemetery in Belfast 12 years ago. He said that he was aware that republicans would view his release with sadness and anger.
Airbus deal Airbus announced launch orders worth $5bn for its A3XX jumbo jet. The deal was overshadowed by a Concorde crash, killing 113 people, just minutes after take-off from Charles de Gaulle airport.
Middle East The peace summit at Camp David ended without a final settlement after the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, and the Israeli prime minister, Ehud Barak, failed to reach an agreement over the status of Jerusalem. President Bill Clinton, who tried to broker the peace deal, stressed that, despite the breakdown in talks, "significant progress" had been made.