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Today: Tuesday 17 June 2008

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A panel of criminal justice experts is calling for the government to back a network of young offender academies. The panel includes ex-chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales, Lord Ramsbotham who explains the idea.

A report on primary school maths in England calls for more expertise and a focus on mental maths. The government accepts the findings of a review it commissioned from a team led by Sir Peter Williams, the chancellor of Leicester University.

Business with Adam Shaw.

Shell tanker drivers went back to work first thing. So our supplies of the precious petrol and diesel are flowing again. Reporter Anthony Bartram counts the drivers returning to a Shell depot in Warwickshire.

The unpredictability of the Russian legal system often baffles investors, and leads some to offer bribes. Now Russia's new President, Dmitry Medvedev, has promised to change things. Moscow correspondent James Rodgers reports on the challenge the Kremlin faces.

Sport with Arlo White.

Britain's decision on whether to ratify the Lisbon Treaty or not comes to the House of Lords. But should the Lords nod it through now that Ireland has said no? Lord Owen explains the kind of treaty he would like to see and Baroness Ashton on why Britain is voting.

Today's papers.

Are we losing the war against viruses, worms and spam? Professor Jonathan Zittrain believes the internet is under threat. Science correspondent Tom Feilden learns that the cure could be even worse than the disease.

Thought for the Day with the Right Reverend Tom Butler - Bishop of Southwark.

British troop numbers in Afghanistan will increase by 230 to a new high of more than 8,000 by next spring. General Sir Mike Jackson, the former head of the Army, examines whether the government aim of improving security for soldiers already there, train Afghan soldiers and ensure reconstruction can be achieved.

The latest inflation rate will be published later- it is expected to rise above 3% when the figures for May are released by the Bank of England. It could mean that the Bank's governor will be forced to write to the Chancellor explaining why the rate has exceeded the government's target of 2%. Former Chancellor Lord Lawson gives his views on the figures.

Nicola Stanbridge reports from the deck of the oldest working boat in Europe, the Boadicea, as she turns 200.

Sport with Arlo White.

Are grades at universities inflated because league tables put pressure on lecturers to give higher scores? Professor Geoffrey Alderman of the University of Buckingham argues that institutions are turning a blind eye to cheating by students, while Anglia Ruskin University's Professor Michael Thorne says the external examiners would notice any irregularities.

The Federation of Small Businesses is calling for the rules which govern the licenses for companies that play music on their premises to be relaxed. Stephen Alambritis from the Federation explains his concerns.

Business with Adam Shaw.

Why are richer societies happier than less rich ones? Betsey Stevenson, an academic from Wharton School at Pennsylvania University, and Professor Andrew Oswald of Warwick University discuss whether money actually makes you happy.

Were the abusive soldiers at Abu Ghraib victims of a great injustice themselves? The author, Philip Gourevitch, thinks so but Lindsey German from the Stop the War coalition says individuals should take responsibility for their actions.

Building societies discovered the joys of demutualisation in the 1990s. Adrian Coles, director of the Building Societies Association, and Alex Brummer, city editor at the Daily Mail, discuss why did they did it and why building societies are in so much trouble today.


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