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Today: Wednesday 2 July 2008

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As hauliers prepare a new fuel protest, a one-off session of the Environmental Audit Committee considers changes to Vehicle Excise Duty. Peter Carroll, one of the organisers of the demonstration, and Tim Yeo, chairman of the committee, discuss the issue.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The European Commission is coming up with a new plan to allow people to shop around for the best health care they can get. Europe editor Mark Mardell speaks to those who worry this could undermine the NHS.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has produced what it thinks is a benchmark for what is the acceptable standard to measure poverty. Donald Hirsch, policy adviser for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, says a single adult needs to earn a minimum of £13,000 before tax and couple with two children needs £27,000.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The African Union says it wants a national unity government in Zimbabwe, but how is the outcome of the African Union summit in Cairo being received by ordinary people in Zimbabwe? Our correspondent Mike Thomson is in touch with a resident of Harare who has been keeping a diary of events through the election and the aftermath.

Today's papers.

New research finds that golden eagles in Scotland are still being poisoned in large numbers. Some areas no longer even have viable native populations. Professor Des Thompson, of Scottish Natural Heritage, says eagles are scavenging for dead sheep and rabbits that have been poisoned and left for them to eat.

Thought for the day with Professor Mona Siddiqui, of the University of Glasgow.

A new contract for dentists is failing to improve services for patients, MPs are saying today. Kevin Barron, chair of the Commons Health Select Committee, and Barry Cockcroft, chief dental officer for England, discuss the findings.

On the high street, Marks and Spencer has reported a slump in sales - 5% down year on year. From the construction industry, there is even more evidence of a sharp slowdown. Taylor Wimpey, a giant in the industry, had said it was going to raise £500m to shore up its finances but has now announced that it has failed. Marks and Spencer chairman Sir Stuart Rose looks at the M&S results, while Nick Edwards, of Construction News, and businessman Sir Martin Sorrell respond.

The London Festival of Architecture is holding a competition to see which architect practice can come up with the best jelly. Event organiser Sam Bompas, of the jelly company Bompas and Parr, and one of the judges, Professor Stephen Gage, explains how the event is supposed to explore the relationship between food and architecture.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The Chancellor's finance bill is in the Commons and after another government concession on 10p tax, even more tax U-turns are being urged on the government. Robert Chote, of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and political editor Nick Robinson discuss whether the government will make any more tax concessions.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

There are close to 400 Muslims who serve in Britain's armed forces, a figure way below being representative of the population at large. Our correspondent Gordon Corera reports from a meeting of Muslim soldiers organised by the military's sole Muslim chaplain.

Love him or hate him, Andy Murray seems to be Britain's shining young tennis star. David Mellor, former secretary of state for culture media, and former Chelsea midfielder Pat Nevin explain the appealing and unattractive qualities of the player.

A case being heard at the European Court of Justice could lose employers across the UK the right to make people retire at 65. We speak to teacher Andrew Webster, who is reluctantly due to retire next month, and John Cridland, deputy director-general of the CBI, who thinks employers should be able to retire workers at 65.


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