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Today: Tuesday 25th May

The new Parliament formally starts business today with the coalition government announcing its legislative plans in the Queen's speech. There has been more violence in Jamaica as the security forces try to arrest a major drugs suspect. And Stephen Fry talks on the joys of Wagner.

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One of the new proposals expected in the Queen's speech today is the introduction of a pupil's premium to direct money towards disadvantaged children. Economist Haroon Chowdry, who has produced a report into the idea, outlines his thinking.

There is a rising tension in the banking system caused by worries over European debt. Business editor Robert Peston examines the recent increase in the inter-bank Libor lending rate.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

One hundred thousand children go missing in the UK every year. Chief Constable Peter Neyroud, Chief Executive Officer for the National Policing Improvement Agency, outlines the launch of a new and improved alert system for handling missing children cases.

The Nobel prize-winning scientist John Sulston says it would be "extremely damaging" if Dr Craig Venter is allowed to patent artificially created life forms. He argues why patenting such life forms would be damaging.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Would you pay to look at a newspaper online? James Harding of The Times, which is about to launch a paid website, and Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's Media Show, debate the cost of online journalism.

The paper review.

Leader of South Africa's ANC Youth League, Julius Malema, is a man notorious for singing "Kill the Boer". In an interview with the BBC's Andrew Harding, Mr Malema defends his actions.

Thought for the day with the Bishop Tom Butler.

Two boys aged 10 and 11 have become Britain's youngest sex offenders. Barrister Felicity Gerry and Peter Smyth of the Metropolitan Police Federation discuss the negative criticism of the way the case has been dealt with.

The Queen will set out the programme of the coalition government today. Political editor Nick Robinson outlines what we might expect from the Queen's Speech and the Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude outlines the coalition's legislative ambitions.

It was seventy years ago today that the British troops were evacuated from Dunkirk. Private Bob Brown, who never made it to the beaches, describes his story. Author Hugh Sebag-Montefiore talks about the wider actions of the disastrous week.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Has aid to Africa been efficient enough? Richard Dowden of the Royal African Society and Jamie Drummond of the campaign Group One discuss a recent report describing a historic increase in aid to Africa.

Four people remain critically ill in hospital following a coach crash in Cumbria that killed three people yesterday. The BBC's Laura Bicker reports from Keswick School.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

In advance of his BBC4 documentary on the composer, Stephen Fry talks of his love for the works of that most controversial of musicians, Richard Wagner.

What is the most radical social change in the history of humankind? Geneticist Spencer Wells believes it was when people moved from being hunter gatherers to being farmers.

The Queen will outline the coalition government's first legislative programme at the state opening of the new parliament later this morning. Times columnist Danny Finkelstein and former Lib Dem communications chief Olly Grender analyse the coalition's plans.



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