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Today: Tuesday 1 July 2008

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House prices are continuing to fall according to the latest figures from the Nationwide house price index. Jeremy Leaf, from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, says that the pace of decline is not as strong as some surveys would have us believe.

The government faces a new rebellion over its abolition of the 10p tax band as the Finance Bill returns to the Commons. Labour MP David Taylor explains why he has tabled an amendment calling for all 10p tax losers to be compensated in full.

The change in alcohol licensing laws has had no effect on drink-related violence according to a survey of police, primary care trusts and councils who say the problems have only shifted to later in the night. Simon Milton, head of the Local Government Association, says the changes have been unsuccessful and expensive for local councils.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Turkey's chief prosecutor will give evidence to the country's constitutional court calling for the governing AK Party to be closed down for trying to impose Sharia law on Turkey, a strictly secular state. Our correspondent Sarah Rainsford reports.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Conservatives are to outline plans to curtail the voting rights of Scottish MPs. Under the proposals by the Tories' Democracy task force, chaired by Ken Clarke, MPs with Scottish seats would be barred from voting on amendments to laws which relate to England only.

Today's papers.

An interview given by the The Beatles to Scottish TV has recently been re-discovered - it had languished in a damp garage in South London for over 30 years. The man who discovered the tape, Richard Jeffs, explains the significance of his discovery.

Thought for the day with Dr Indarjit Singh, director of the Network of Sikh organisations.

The documentary filmmaker Sean Langan has returned home after three months in captivity in Afghanistan. There have been suggestions that up to 150,000 was paid by Channel 4 to Taliban-linked criminals to free him. Security correspondent Frank Gardner and John Williams, former director of communications at the Foreign Office, discuss whether money did change hands - and if it did, does it matter?

The Chancellor is trying to restore public confidence in the banking system by offering savers greater protection. A major re-design of banking oversight is going ahead. How can British savers be best protected? Angela Knight, the chief executive of the British Bankers' Association, and Gillian Tett, assistant editor of the Financial Times, discuss the issue.

Today's science correspondent Tom Feilden visits Charles Darwin's garden in Kent, which he used as an open air laboratory, to find out how Kentish hedge parsley helped Darwin to refine his theory of natural selection.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

The Conservatives will this morning outline plans to curtail the voting rights of Scottish MPs. MPs with Scottish seats would be barred from voting on amendments to English only laws in an attempt to answer the so-called West Lothian question. Ian Davidson, Labour MP for Glasgow South West, responds to the plans which he thinks would create a second class of MPs.

A new report claims that science subjects are harder to get good grades in than arts subjects. The author of the report Dr Robert Coe and Julian Petley, professor of film and television studies at Brunel University, discuss the findings.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Thirteen hundred clergy, including several bishops, have written to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in protest at the prospect of women being made bishops. Canon Beaumont Brandie, from the group Forward in Faith which opposes women priests, says this as a warning shot to the Church that they must do something to respect their views.

Can China ever become a more democratic society, in the western sense? Professor Edward Burman, at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, and Will Hutton, of the Work Foundation, discuss the future of the country.


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