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BRITISH CHILDREN GROW IN HEALTH AND WEALTH

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A government study published Wednesday said Britain's 12 million children are taller than 20 years ago, get more pocket money than ever before and have healthier teeth than in 1983.

The survey, "Social Focus on Children," also found children watched an average 20 hours of television per week and that nearly 70 percent of 11- to 14-year-olds had a set in their bedrooms.In another apparent indicator of affluence, children's average pocket money continued to grow, the report said, reaching a record high of 2 pounds, 5 pence ($3.16) per week in 1994.

Children grew alongside their money, with the average 8-year-old boy 1.5 centimeters taller and the average 8-year-old girl 1.6 cm taller than in 1973.

They evidently took better care of their teeth, too, because only half of all 15-year-olds needed fillings in 1993, compared with 80 percent in 1983.