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Today: Monday 27 July 2009

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The Crown Prosecution Service has been accused of making exaggerated claims about how much money it has saved by using its own staff in court. And the Foreign Secretary has signalled a change of emphasis in its Afghan strategy.


Lord Mandelson is to call on universities to become "engines of social mobility" in a speech to Universities UK. Dr Wendy Piatt, director general of the Russell Group which represents the 20 top universities, discusses whether the university system is doing enough to combat elitism.


The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is exaggerating the savings it says it is making by mounting in-house prosecutions, according to a report commissioned by the Bar Council. Chairman of House of Commons' Justice Committee Sir Alan Beith discusses whether the CPS should change its policy.


The European working time directive, which says that no employee should work for more than an average of 48 hours per week, comes into effect at the end of the week, but what does it mean for doctors? John Black, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, discusses whether the goal is realistic for doctors if the swine flu outbreak worsens.


Senior US officials Robert Gates and George Mitchell are in the Middle East on a diplomatic drive to restart peace talks. Correspondent Katya Adler reports on President Obama's attempts to kick-start the peace process.

The business news with Adam Shaw.


The world of espionage has always been romanticised by novelists and film-makers. But what do the spies themselves think of their fictional portrayal? Security correspondent Gordon Corera reports on the importance of spy fiction for the real spies in MI6.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Chancellor Alistair Darling has raised concerns about low level of loans to business - particularly small and medium-sized enterprises. Reporter Jack Izzard speaks to a successful businessman in Essex who has struggled to get a loan. Angela Knight, chief executive of the British Bankers' Association and Labour chairman of the Commons Treasury Committee, John McFall discuss whether the Chancellor was right to criticise bank lending.

Today's papers.


Harry Patch, the last British survivor of the World War I trenches, has died at the age of 111. Correspondent Mike Thomson, who interviewed Mr Patch in 2005, reflects the veteran's life.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Joel Edwards.


MPs looking at the rail franchising system have found that train companies take their passengers for granted and have raised fares out of all proportion to the cost of living. The Transport Select Committee also concluded that the current franchising system was a muddle. Chief executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies Michael Roberts responds to the criticisms.


Foreign Secretary David Miliband is expected to set out a change of emphasis in British strategy in Afghanistan when he speaks at NATO headquarters in Brussels. International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander, who is currently in Helmand, discusses whether more pressure should be put on the Afghan government to talk to moderate members of the Taliban.


The Crown Prosecution Service has been accused of making exaggerated claims about how much money it has saved by using its own staff in court. Chairman of the Bar Council Desmond Browne and CPS head Keir Starmer discuss whether the quality of justice in England and Wales is being threatened by the strategy.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The opening ceremony of the London Olympics is exactly 1,095 days, or three years, away. Sports editor Mihir Bose considers how much, after all the controversy, the games are likely to cost.


Some of the UK's most senior economists and historians have written to the Queen trying to answer a question she asked a year ago - why did no one see the credit crunch coming? Professor Tim Besley, Fellow of the British Academy and member of the Monetary Policy Committee discusses the answers the Queen's question.

The business news with Adam Shaw.


The first chapter of an unfinished Graham Greene novel has been published. Managing editor of the Strand magazine Andrew Gulli, which is publishing Empty Chair, and Professor Cedric Watts, of Sussex University, discuss the recently discovered novella.


The US military in Iraq officially withdrew from the country's towns and cities at the end of last month. But in parts of the country shootings, bombings and suicide attacks remain a daily occurrence. Gabriel Gatehouse reports from the northern town of Mosul, where US forces have been quietly continuing their patrols.


Prominent atheist Richard Dawkins' rational thinking summer camp may not be every child's idea of fun, but will the US summer staple work in the UK? Stryker McGuire, contributing editor to Newsweek and writer Toby Young discuss whether parents should all be packing their children off for the summer vacation.



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