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Today: Tuesday 1 September 2009

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Letters between ministers about the release of the Lockerbie bomber will be published by the Westminster and Scottish governments. Officials in California say it could take a week to put out wild fires threatening homes in Los Angeles. And 70 years to the day since the Germans attacked Poland, we reflect on Britain's part in the outbreak of WW2.


The UK government is to publish all correspondence with Scottish ministers on the Lockerbie bomber. Tripoli has demanded details of an alleged plot to kill Col Gaddafi in return for co-operation in the investigation into the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher. Political correspondent Jo Coburn analyses the latest developments. Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski discusses how he believes the letters are further evidence that Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi's release was not merely an act of compassion.


Firefighters tackling an intense wildfire north of Los Angeles say the blaze remains "very dangerous". Fuelled by hot weather and dense, dry brush, the blaze doubled in size in a day to spread over 134 sq miles of forest. About 12,000 buildings are under threat. Fire Inspector Frederic Stowers gives a first hand account of attempts to fight the fires.


At the beginning of World War II - 70 years ago this week - Neville Chamberlain's government gave the order to evacuate civilians, especially children, from major cities and areas where there were sensitive military targets. Many young children were sent away from their families and the Blitz to safety in rural areas, some even went abroad. A service at St Paul's Cathedral is to mark the anniversary of the start of that great evacuation. Correspondent Nicola Stanbridge retraced the journey of one evacuee from town to country.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The government is working with the former Conservative education secretary Lord Baker to set up a new generation of technical schools to train teenagers to become builders, technicians and engineers. Lord Baker discusses the change in education policy which will revive dedicated training schools not seen since the 1950s.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Two reports issued by the trade body for the UK defence industry say that investment in research and technology has been falling, and warn that the UK will lose an important part of industry unless action is taken. Mike Turner, chairman of the Defence Industries Council, discusses the importance of continued investment in the industry.

Today's papers.


Distinguished US actor and producer Sam Wanamaker was watched by MI5 for several years for his alleged communist sympathies, it has emerged. Files released by the National Archives show Mr Wanamaker would have been interned had the UK been attacked in the mid-1950s. Correspondent Michael Buchanan has been looking at the files.


Seventy years on from start of WWII, Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin is making a speech in Poland which will seek to address the view from many in eastern Europe that the Soviet Union mistreated the country during the war. Konstantin Kosachev, chairman foreign affairs committee of the Russian Parliament, discusses Russian attempts to rewrite the history books.

Thought for the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican Priest.


The Royal Society is to publish research into the possibility of using large-scale technological schemes to help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Professor Bryan Hoskins from Imperial College, who has contributed to the report, discusses whether there are geo-engineering solutions to climate change.


The governments in London and Edinburgh are due to publish a series of documents relating to Abdelbasset Ali al Megrahi's release as Libya reopens an old dispute about an alleged plot to murder Colonel Gaddafi in the 90s, an assertion that in Whitehall has dismissed as fantasy. A Libyan cabinet minister has said that al Megrahi's release has "opened the avenue for developing political relations" between his country and the UK.


The number of vocational Diploma courses available to students in England has doubled from five to 10. The government wants the Diploma to become a core qualification in the education system, viewed to be as valid as A-levels and GCSEs. Sir Alan Jones, chairman emeritus of Toyota in the UK and Professor Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research, debate the need for the proposed Diplomas.


John Motson has one of the best known voices in Britain. In 40 years as a commentator he has captured the wild excitements and terrible disappointments of football, investing the game with his own obsessive enthusiasm, and filling the air with the statistics and football folklore. Presenter James Naughtie went to a football match to discuss the beautiful game with Motty.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


One US newspaper has reported record business for companies selling home-haircutting clippers, a sign that consumers are watching the pennies. Normally, the world thinks of it as the constitutional duty of the US consumer to help the global economy. But there are mixed signs as to whether the US can deliver on that expectation. Correspondent Kevin Connolly spent the weekend travelling around the cities of Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey to see if the economic positives outweigh the negatives.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The polls close at midday in the BBC's search for the nation's favourite poet. The public can choose from a list of 30 poets that range from Kipling, Wordsworth, and Wilfred Owen to Benjamin Zephaniah. Director of the Poetry Society Judith Palmer discusses the runners and riders.


Seventy years ago Hitler's troops attacked Poland, an act that led to Britain declaring war against Germany two days later. Military historian Richard Holmes and Professor Norman Davies debate whether Britain should be held responsible for the fate of Poland in the second world war.

Evan and Jim's review
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