Pub bosses may be encouraged to allow non-customers to use their loos as more and more public conveniences close down. This is one of the relief measures being considered by Local Government Minister Phil Woolas. He says it might involve a "voluntary charge" and claims some pubs already have such schemes. During their Victorian heyday, Britain's public toilets were the envy of the world. The average person is estimated to spend three years of their life on the loo, making 2,500 visits every year. The Observer 16/07/06 page 7