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Today: Wednesday 3 March

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One of the killers of the Liverpool toddler James Bulger has been sent back to prison for breaching the terms of his release. A scheme allowing parents to check if someone is a sex offender will be rolled out across England and Wales. And the Chairman of the BBC, Sir Michael Lyons, discusses the future of the corporation.

A report by the Hansard Society claims that an enormous number of us are not on the electoral roll and many local authorities are making only a "token effort" to encourage us to vote. The report's author, Dr Ruth Fox, looks at how many of us are likely to vote at the general election.

Baroness Ashton, the EU High Representative, is visiting Haiti and discusses her hopes for securing the country's long-term future.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Who should pick up the bill if a mentally ill person is put in a care home outside the area where they live? That is the question that will be argued in the High Court today in a dispute between two local authorities: the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and Sutton Council. Colin Stears of Sutton Council outlines the issue.

A folding plug and a BMW made of stretched fabric are among the entries for the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year awards. Sculptor Antony Gormley and Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum in London, took a look at the entries for the awards.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The BBC's director general Mark Thompson announced yesterday he planned to cut some of the corporation's services and the saved money would be redirected mostly into the production of better programmes. Some of the BBC's "friends and foes" discuss the corporation's role in the developing world of digital media.

The paper review.

Actor Matt Damon and the British director Paul Greengrass describe their latest film depicting the war in Iraq. The thriller, Green Zone, details the search for weapons of mass destruction and the intelligence used to justify the war.

Thought for the day is Rev Rosemary Lain-Priestley, Dean of Women's Ministry in central London.

People across England and Wales will be able to check with the police whether individuals dealing with their children have any history of child sex offences. A similar scheme will operate in Scotland. Donald Findlater of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation discusses the new scheme with Margaret Ann Cummings, whose eight year-old son Mark was murdered by a convicted paedophile, Stuart Leggate, who lived in the same tower block as Margaret Ann Cummings' family.

Sir Michael Lyons, Chairman of the BBC Trust, gives his view on the suggestions by the BBC director general Mark Thompson to shut down two digital networks and cut back the BBC website.

The story of the Conservatives' biggest donor and deputy chairman, Lord Ashcroft, is not going away. This morning The Guardian publishes documents surrounding the granting of his peerage and the arguments around it. The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson details the latest twist in the story.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

One of the killers of the Liverpool toddler James Bulger has been sent back to prison for breaching the terms of his release. Jon Venables was released on licence in 2001 after spending eight years in jail. The BBC's legal analyst Clive Coleman analyses the issues behind the decision.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Labour peer Baroness Helena Kennedy and Daniel Finkelstein, the Times columnist and a former Conservative strategist, discuss how best to engage voters in the next few weeks and how to encourage them to go to the polls during the forthcoming general election.

Eel populations in Europe have been in dramatic decline since the 1980s. A European Commission recovery plan requires countries with a surplus of baby eels to set a proportion aside for restocking programmes in wild rivers. But a group devoted to seeing eels return in healthy numbers to Britain's waterways say the French are not playing by the rules. The BBC's environment correspondent Sarah Mukherjee reports from the banks of the River Severn, a major breeding site for eels.

A biography of Poland's most famous foreign correspondent, Ryszard Kapuscinski, claims that he was not quite what he seemed. Biographer and a former foreign correspondent Stephen Robinson and Deborah Haynes, who has reported from around the world for The Times, debate the often colourful reputation of foreign correspondents.

What should parents do if their children do not get into the secondary school of their choice? Lesley Surman of Parents Alliance and a school governor Ken Greenwood, whose daughter has failed to get into her third choice of school, discuss the Conservative party's proposal that parents should be able to set up their own schools.



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