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Today: Thursday 10 July 2008

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Barratt has just released an update to the stock market on how well they are performing. Stewart Baseley, of the Home Builders Federation, discusses the results.

The School Food Trust is publishing the latest figures on the number of pupils taking school meals in England. Numbers continue to fall in secondary schools but are rising in primary schools. Julia Hargadon, chief executive of the trust, discusses the ways to increase student uptake.

Over 1,000 former members of the armed forces are homeless. A military charity is setting up a cafe to train veterans who have fallen on hard times and to help them get jobs in catering. Correspondent Angus Crawford reports.

The amount of oil reserves still available is being underestimated, the Royal Society of Chemistry believes. Chief executive Dr Richard Pike says he can prove his theory using only dice.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

The government should embrace the idea of out-sourcing government work to private organisations, a report says. DeAnne Julius, who wrote the report, and Mark Serwotka, of the Public and Commercial Services union, discuss public service reform.

House prices are falling in Northern Ireland faster than anywhere else in Britain. Correspondent Chris Buckler reports from Belfast.

Today's papers.

A nightclub opening in the King's Cross area of London is using its dance floor as an energy source. Surya lays claim to the title of the world's first eco disco. Colin Paterson reports.

Thought for the day with Oliver McTernan, director of the NGO Forward Thinking.

Some NHS trusts in England need to do more to make maternity services safer and improve choices for mothers, says a Healthcare Commission report. Anna Walker, of the Healthcare Commission and Sheila Shribman, National Clinical Director for Children, Young People and Maternity discuss the findings of the report.

Barratt announces 1,200 job cuts and the deputy leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman says the situation in the housing market is of "grave concern". Housing minister Caroline Flint says she wants to see more homes built.

The Blue Nile, one of the world's least prolific bands, is making a new album. This will be only their fifth in nearly 30 years. Despite - or possibly because of - this modest output they have a devoted following and expectation of patient fans is high. Nicola Stanbridge went to Glasgow to meet the enigmatic band.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

Gordon Brown has compared himself to literary character Heathcliff in this week's New Statesman. Juliet Barker, an expert on the Brontes and Quentin Letts, from the Daily Mail, discuss whether this is a wise decision.

Many problems could be solved by 'nudging' the public into doing certain things, a new book suggests. Richard Thaler, author of Nudge, talks about how the obesity epidemic could be solved by changing the size of your plate and how signs on the road have saved his life a number of times.

Nearly half of UK military personnel regularly feel like leaving the forces, a Ministry of Defence survey suggests. The Defence Minister Derek Twigg discusses what more could be done to improve morale.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Reporter Jon Manel continues his investigation into care for the elderly with a report on how complaints are treated. Without independent evidence, complaints might not be believed but that evidence can be very hard to provide.

The shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Awards has been announced. Each morning, one of the shortlisted authors will be speaking about their work. The fourth author is Jane Gardam with the story The People of Privilege Hill.


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