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Today: Monday 10 August 2009

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The government is publishing its ideas about how we will feed ourselves as experts predict the era of cheap food could be coming to an end. The Liberal Democrats want restrictions on the powers given to councils and other public bodies to spy on people. And the head of MI6 denies that Britain is complicit in torture.


Britain's Foreign and Home Secretaries have declared that Britain does not collude in torture - but acknowledged that they could not be certain about the practices employed by some foreign intelligence agencies. But what do the UK's intelligence agents themselves say? Security correspondent Gordon Corera reports on his interview with MI6 head Sir John Scarlett.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.


Social mobility charity the Sutton Trust is publishing a report looking at the widening gulf in university take-up by independent and state school pupils, which was prepared in conjunction with Lord Mandelson's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. The Trust's research director Dr Lee Elliot Major discusses what should be done to increase access to higher education.


Two films are being launched in cinemas in England and online to challenge the misconception that all sufferers of schizophrenia are violent. The move comes as a YouGov poll of 2,010 people found that more than a third held this belief. Health correspondent Adam Brimelow reports on the films and what they are hoped to achieve.


A report by MPs says civil servants should have clearer guidance on voicing concerns about the conduct of government. The Public Administration Committee report suggests that leaks within Whitehall could be dealt with more effectively if whistleblowers were better able to raise their fears. Labour MP Tony Wright and Chris Galley, a former civil servant who leaked information to Tory immigration spokesman Damien Green, discuss the call for clearer procedures for whistleblowing.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


There are still conflicting reports over the death or otherwise of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud. Yesterday, one of his senior aides admitted he was gravely ill, but said he had not been in a house destroyed by a US rocket on Wednesday. The US and Pakistani authorities insist there is a good chance Mehsud is dead. Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik discusses whether there is still uncertainty over Baitullah Mehsud's death.

Today's papers.


In August 1969, Northern Ireland was rocked by intensive sectarian rioting - a confrontation between Catholic nationalist residents of the Bogside and the Royal Ulster Constabulary. Jane Peel looks back at the events 40 years ago that are seen as the start of the Troubles.

Thought for the day with Reverend Joel Edwards


The government conducting a consultation on how it can ensure that the UK's food supply remains secure. While the current situation in the UK is good, ministers warn that factors including climate change and population growth could have an adverse effect on food stocks. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Hilary Benn, discusses what the Government has planned to protect food production in Britain.


The head of MI6, Sir John Scarlett, has denied that Britain's intelligence officers are in any way involved or complicit in torture. His comments come after both the Foreign and Home Secretaries denied any policy of knowingly using intelligence gained through mistreatment of prisoners. But have the denials comforted those who have called for an independent enquiry into the torture claims? Director of campaign group Liberty Shami Chakrabarti and Labour chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee Dr Kim Howells, discusses whether the issue has now been settled.


The Conservatives are to reveal plans for how medical records should be handled - including proposals to make deals with online companies such as Google and Microsoft so that people can access and edit their own details. They are also expected to abandon plans to put all records on a central database, a project that is likely to cost £12bn and is already running years late. Conservative health spokesman Stephen O'Brien discusses the proposals.


Can England's cricketers recover from such a shameful lack of pluck in the 4th test to win the 5th? Are there any good examples in recent sporting past to show how you can rally from such a humiliating loss and turn it to your advantage? Former England test player Ed Smith and Times sports journalist and broadcaster Matthew Syed discuss what the future holds for England's cricket team.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Lord Mandelson is considering a scheme to get more people from poor backgrounds into university by ensuring that they are offered places with less demanding A-level requirements. Kenton Lewis, head of Widening Participation and Student Recruitment at St George's Hospital, and Headmaster of Wellington College Dr Anthony Seldon, discuss whether students who use such a scheme could do as well as other students.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


A Policeman from the Humberside is currently appearing in his own comedy show on the fringe in Edinburgh. Sergeant Alfie Moore discusses his unusual second career and how his comedy routine helps him to engage with ex-prisoners and others who normally hate the police.


It is 40 years since the outbreak of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The second week in August 1969 saw the first large scale explosion of sectarian violence and the first deaths. Troops arrived on the streets by the end of the week, setting up the first peace lines with barbed wire to keep warring streets apart. The Independent's Ireland Correspondent David McKitterick and Former BBC Ireland Correspondent Denis Murray discuss why none of the peace lines have yet come down.


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched a consultation on food strategy, looking at how we will feed ourselves in the future. A major consideration will be how climate change will alter food production. Professor of Food Policy at City University, London, Tim Lang and Tom Standage, business affairs editor at The Economist, discuss how we will feed ourselves, and the world, in 50 years time.


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