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Today: Friday 11 September 2009

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A report into the collapse of carmaker MG Rover will say that five executives took £42m in pay and pensions from the troubled firm, the BBC has learned. Parents who regularly drive children for sports or social clubs will have to undergo criminal record checks or face fines of up to £5,000 under new rules.


Anyone who wants to work with children, including those who regularly transport children to sports matches, will soon have to be vetted for a criminal record. John O'Brien, the civil servant who will run the scheme, reacts to critics who have branded it "insulting" and say it could deter volunteers.


The government's new energy adviser says the UK could face blackouts by 2016 because green energy is not coming on stream fast enough. Environment Roger Harrabin talks to Professor David Mackay about what happens when coal and nuclear stations are phased out.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


School support staff, including former postmen and beauticians, have been supervising lessons on their own, a report says. Research author Professor Merryn Hutchings, of London Metropolitan University, discusses whether, as the NUT says, this practice is a "dereliction of duty".

Sports news with Arlo White.


A report into the collapse of carmaker MG Rover will say that five executives took £42m in pay and pensions from the troubled firm, the BBC has learned. Business editor Robert Peston considers whether men behind the takeover and the executive they appointed enriched themselves as Rover headed for insolvency.


Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones is to give his keynote speech at the party conference in Llandudno. He explains the issues his party will be campaigning on in the general election.

Today's papers.


General Motors (GM) has announced that it has chosen the Canadian car parts manufacturer Magna to buy Opel and its sister company Vauxhall. Reporter Helena Wilkinson meets workers at the gate of the Luton plant. Paul Nieuwenhuis, of Cardiff Business School, discusses how Magna will run its new acquisitions.

Thought for the day with Catherine Pepinster, editor of the Tablet.


A joint report by the Taxpayers' Alliance and the Institute of Directors has outlined 34 measures they say would save Whitehall £50bn. Miles Templeman, director general of the Institute of Directors, and Tony Dolphin, chief economist at think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research, consider the ways the government can save money.


Any parent regularly in "frequent" or "intensive" contact with children will have to undergo criminal record checks or face fines of up to £5,000. Home editor Mark Easton considers what this says about adults' relationships with children. The Children's Minister, Delyth Morgan, explains how the system will operate and Bob Reitemeier, chief executive of the Children's Society, discusses whether this legislation infringes on privacy.


The BBC has uncovered evidence of fraud in Helmand province during Afghanistan's presidential elections. Correspondent Chris Morris explains the evidence he has uncovered. Foreign Secretary David Miliband discusses whether the elections will provide a satisfactory outcome.

Sports news with Arlo White.


The United Nations has warned it cannot go on funding the main refugee camp in Sri Lanka if the government there continues refusing to give its inhabitants freedom of movement. Correspondent Charles Haviland reports on the Tamil civilians living in Menik Farm. Senior Sir Lankan civil servant Professor Rajiva Wijesinha, of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights, explains why those in the refugee camp are not free to leave.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


Gordon Brown has said he was sorry for the "appalling" way World War II code breaker Alan Turing was treated for being gay. Susan Black, a supporter of the campaign to pardon him, discusses the significance of the apology.


Gender tests on South Africa's 800m world champion Caster Semenya reveal that she has an inter-gender condition, BBC Sport understands. Chris Ingelfield, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, reports on the likelihood she has some hermaphroditic or inter-gender condition.


Are child composers taken as seriously as their older counterparts? Barry Cooper, professor of music at Manchester University, and Richard Causton, who began composing as a child, discuss some of the best works written by children.

John and Ed's review
Friday, 11 September 2009, 09:44 GMT |  News


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