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Today: Wednesday 26 November 2008

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"Pay as you throw" charging is an acceptable solution to Britain's 15m tonne mountain of household waste, according to a survey for BBC news. The idea of people paying to throw away rubbish has been controversial, but from January the government is hoping to run more pilots. Environmental analyst Roger Harrabin reports from Belgium, where such schemes are well established.

The way the Ministry of Defence goes about buying things partly means armed forces fighting overseas don't have the equipment they need, a new book by the Royal United Services Institute says. Author Brigadier Bill Kincaid says the culture of the MoD, one of delay in order to balance the books, makes things very difficult.

Heathrow's owner says it will accept an independent body with the power to limit flights for environmental reasons - if its third runway is approved. Colin Matthews, chief executive of BAA, explains why a third runway is needed to make Heathrow run more smoothly.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is considering plans which would "require" forces to collaborate on various policing functions. In the third and final part of the series focusing on the West Mercia force, home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw examines how far police collaboration can go.

The most vulnerable children in society may be put at even greater risk because of the reaction to the death of Baby P, the Local Government Association (LGA) says. Margaret Eaton, who chairs the LGA, discusses how councils can be supported to strengthen child protection work.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The UK may have to subsidise agricultural production if enough food is to be grown to meet increasing requirements in the long term, experts warn. Environment correspondent Sarah Mukherjee reports on whether the butter and beef "mountains" of the 1970s and 1980s could return. Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers Union, discusses the future of the UK farming industry.

Today's papers.

Zawadi Mongane, a resident of the Democratic Republic of Congo who suffered the most appalling abuse after rebel soldiers abducted her, has had her courage in telling her story recognised at the Mental Health Media Awards. Reporter Mike Thompson, whose original piece on Zawadi elicited a massive response from listeners, spoke to her again to discuss how traumatic it had been reliving her story for the report.

Sales of certain types of powerful guns have risen by 50% in some states of the US. People who fear Barack Obama is planning to restrict their right to bear arms are rushing to get to the shops before he gets to the White House. Washington correspondent Kevin Connolly reports from Texas, where almost 300,000 private citizens have licences to carry concealed firearms.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Giles Fraser.

The Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King has warned that the UK economy will go into "a steep recession" if the commercial banks don't resume normal lending levels. Today presenter Evan Davis visits the City in an attempt to explain the criticism, despite new figures suggesting total lending from high street banks to small firms is growing.

Many terminally ill people in England end their days in a hospital bed when they would rather die at home, the National Audit Council says. Malcolm Leighton, whose wife Monica died of cancer earlier this year, Professor Jane Maher, chief medical officer at MacMillan Cancer Support, and Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, discuss what could be done to improve end of life care.

The Church of England has unveiled a campaign to "put the waiting back into wanting" this Christmas. The Bishop of Reading, Stephen Cottrell, says that people should stop sending Christmas cards to people they don't really like. He discusses his view with philosopher AC Grayling.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Federal Reserve is to inject another $800bn (526.8bn) into the US economy in a further effort to stabilise the financial system. Pippa Malmgren, a former adviser to US President George W Bush, and business editor Robert Peston discuss a bail out $100bn bigger than originally announced.

After Home Affairs correspondent Danny Shaw's series of reports on the role of the police after spending time with the West Mercia Constabulary, what do the police think? Chief Constable of West Mercia Paul West discusses what issues the reports have raised.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Thousands of passengers have been stranded at Bangkok airport because it has been taken over by anti-government protestors. Harry Bedford, a passenger who was stuck at the airport for 24 hours, and correspondent Jonathan Head discuss the current situation.

It is the 300th anniversary of the completion of St Paul's Cathedral. Correspondent Mike Thomson reports from St Paul's on the 40m raised to fund its restoration.

Does British political comedy fuel an anti-politics culture? Communities Secretary Hazel Blears, and political author Michael Dobbs, discuss whether the UK needs a British West Wing.



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