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Today: Wednesday 22 October 2008

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Key abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill are now unlikely to be heard in the House of Commons. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on the anger felt by both pro and anti abortion campaigners.

Police should look at how they deal with "honour-based" crimes, carried out to protect the "honour" of a family or community, the Association of Chief Police Officers says. Steve Allen, a commander in the Metropolitan Police, discusses how potential victims in England, Wales and Northern Ireland should be protected.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

How many people currently in prisons are former members of the armed forces? Efforts to find out are being hampered by data protection rules, which prevent the MoD and the Department of Justice sharing some information. Correspondent Angus Crawford reports on one man's journey from army to prison and then back into civilian life.

India has launched its first unmanned probe bound for the moon. One of the instruments on board was built and designed by British scientists and is designed to tell us more about what the moon is made of. Barry Kellett, the project's scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, says this is the first time the European and Indian space agencies have collaborated on a project.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King says the UK is likely to slip into recession in 2009. Business correspondent Nils Blythe and Martin Wolf, of the Financial Times, discuss how Mr King's attempt to make banking boring does not seem to be working.

Today's papers

The decline in public conveniences should be reversed, a parliamentary committee says. The Local Government Select Committee wants to impose a duty on councils to provide accessible and clean public toilets. Local government correspondent John Andrew reports on how easy it is to spend a penny.

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

Since abortion was made legal over 40 years ago, the legislation has been changed only once. The new Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill was devised to bring this legislation up to date, but now amendments to abortion law that were due to be discussed are unlikely to be heard. Baroness Deech, former chairwoman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and Ann Furedi, of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, discuss whether this means the amendments will be left out of the legislation.

The Bank of England governor and an influential think tank have predicted that the UK economy is likely to sink into recession in 2009. Lord Desai, a Labour peer and economics professor at the London School of Economics, and Sushil Wadhwani, formerly of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England, discuss how long it will take the market to revive.

The Shadow Chancellor George Osborne, has rejected a new statement from the man who has accused him of soliciting a donation from a Russian billionaire. Political editor Nick Robinson reports on what sort of questions Mr Osborne still has to face.

Should artists elect their own parliament? The Arts Council for England has been accused of making some bad funding decisions over the past two years, in a motion to be debated at the Young Vic Theatre in London. Associate Director of the National Theatre Tom Morris, who supports the motion, and playwright and satirist Alistair Beaton, who is against the motion, discuss how the Arts Council needs to improve.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Parliament will discuss why the number of men in prison that have served in the armed forces cannot be revealed. Plaid Cymru MP Elfyn Llwyd, who will raise the issue in the Commons, and Professor Simon Wessely, of the King's Centre for Military Health Research, discuss current data protection laws.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The nation's most important economic asset is its brain power, the government's science think tank Foresight says. Professor John Beddington, the government's chief scientific adviser, says the government should adopt policies that enhance "mental capital and wellbeing".

It is four months since the the two largest political parties in Northern Ireland, Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionists, have met. The row has placed a question mark against the future of devolution. Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson reports.

India is the latest Asian country to join the space race by launching an unmanned rocket to the moon. It joins China and Japan with their space programs. Bill Emmett, former editor of the Economist, discusses how these three countries will shape the next decade.

What is the correct etiquette at a private party on a yacht? Socialite Carole Stone and author Charles Mosley, discuss whether George Osborne and Peter Mandelson were right in their actions and if what happens behind closed doors should stay there.



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