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Today: Thursday 4th February

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MPs are bracing themselves for a fresh attack on their reputations with the publication of the final report into their expenses. And doctors have communicated with a severely brain-damaged man, in a major breakthrough.

A new code of practice governing the way retailers deal with suppliers is to be introduced today. The Grocery Suppliers Code of Practice will apply to the ten largest supermarkets in the UK. Peter Kendall, president of the National Farmers Union, and Andrew Opie, director of the British Retail Consortium, examine how the code will change the relationship between suppliers and supermarkets.

Violent deaths of children have declined by nearly 40 percent since the 1970s, new research has found. The study of deaths in England and Wales comes at a time of intense debate about the levels of crime against children. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw explains the study's findings.

Could today mark the end of quantitative easing? The Bank of England's monetary policy committee is to meet today to decide the future of the policy which has so far pumped £200bn into the economy. Chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym investigates how the policy has affected the economy.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

A new smash-proof pint glass has been developed to help reduce glassing crimes in pubs. It is estimated that 87,000 violent incidents involve glass, every year. David Kester, chief executive of the Design Council, describes the new invention.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

Repairs of defective accelerator pedals on recalled Toyota cars could take a week, the car maker has said. More than 180,000 cars in the UK are affected and more than two million cars have been recalled worldwide after several fatalities in the US were attributed to the fault. Peter De Lorenzo, publisher of autoextremist.com and author of The United States of Toyota, and Scott Brownlee, a Toyota spokesman, consider the damage to the firm's reputation.

The paper review.

The godfather of rap Gil Scott-Heron is back with his first new studio album for 15 years. The performance poet and singer responsible for hard-hitting songs like The Bottle, B Movie and The Revolution Will Not Be Televised has spent much of the past decade oscillating between jail and rehab centres. Correspondent Mark Coles spoke to the musician about his comeback.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Angela Tilby, Vicar of St Benet's Church, Cambridge.

The final report into MPs' expenses is to be published today and nearly half of all MPs are expected to be ordered to repay some of their expenses. Sir Thomas Legg's expenses report coincides with the publication of Sir Paul Kennedy's Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority laying out the appeals process. Deputy political editor James Landale outlines the two reports and Sir Stuart Bell MP, a Labour backbencher, considers how MPs will react to the reviews.

Oil companies face increasing attacks about the scale of their profits as oil prices continue to rise, pushing more people into fuel poverty. Dr Anthony Hayward, chief executive of BP, discusses the future of energy supplies and how suppliers operate.

Scientists have been able to reach into the mind of a brain-damaged man and communicate with his thoughts, in ground-breaking research. Brain scanners were used to detect thinking in the minds of patients in permanent vegetative states. Adam Zeman, professor of neurology at the Peninsular Medical School, considers the implication of the breakthrough in caring for brain-damaged patients.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

What would a hung parliament mean for the country? Lord Owen, founder supporter of Charter 2010 and a former foreign secretary, examines how a how a hung parliament will affect the country's leadership.

What is a friend? The increased use of social networking sites allows people to have as many as thousands of 'friends', while many other people would consider a friend to be someone they see every day and can count the number of friends on one hand. Robin Dunbar, professor of evolutionary anthropology at Oxford University and Mark Vernon, author of The Philosophy of Friendship, debate the definition of friendship.

A British lawyer has arrived in Cambodia to act as prosecutor in the Cambodia Khmer Rouge war crimes trial. Andrew Cayley, who has been working at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, was chosen to reside over the trials which aim to bring justice after 30. Mr Cayley outlines what the trials mean for Cambodia.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

An anti-abortion advert is to be screened during this Sunday's Superbowl in the US, traditionally the country's most watched programme. It is the first time that the major networks have aired such an advert. Arlo White reports from Miami on the controversy brewing around America's favourite sporting event.

Two reports on MPs' expenses are to be published today, and are expected to re-ignite the public anger over the scandal. Norman Baker, Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes, gives his opinion on the outcome of the reviews.



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