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Today: Tuesday 22nd June

The Chancellor, George Osborne, is expected to deliver the toughest budget in decades, as he tries to tackle the country's debts. The health watchdog, NICE says the food industry could help to save thousands of lives every year by reducing the salt and fat in its products.

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Business News: Adam Shaw previews today's emergency Budget, with the LSE's Tony Travers and Francesca Lagerberg, head of tax at accountants Grant Thornton. Rob Burgeman, divisional director at Brewin Dolphin, looks over the markets, and Prof John Coffee from the Columbia Business School analyses an $11bn lawsuit between Barclays and the creditors of failed Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers.

Where have the bees gone? The government is spending £10m on nine new research projects. Professor Andrew Watkinson, director of the Living with Environmental Change programme, outlines the economic and environmental importance of pollenators.
As the Russian President Dimitry Medvedev makes his first visit to the United States. James Sherr, Russian expert at the foreign affairs think tank Chatham House, analyses the current state of US/Russian relations.

It is budget day today. How bad will it be? Robert Chote, director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies, outlines the government's room for manoeuvre.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

Britain's film producers say they want an end to what they call the "suffocating cycle of subsidies". Two people who run production companies: Rebecca O'Brien of Sixteen Films and Icon Films' Stewart Till, discuss what kind of help would best support the creative arts.

BP says it can trap more oil from the leak in the Gulf of Mexico with more ships arriving in the next few weeks. Environment correspondent David Shukman gained rare access to BP's crisis centre in Houston, Texas, which coordinates the whole operation.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Jon Venables, previously convicted for murder of the toddler James Bulger, has been charged with downloading and distributing child pornography. Sir Ken Macdonald, former director of public prosecutions, argues that reporting restrictions on this case should not be lifted.

The paper review.

Chancellor George Osborne has said he wants 80% of the deficit reduction to come through cuts and only 20% through tax rises. BBC's chief political correspondent Norman Smith examines if this is feasible. Lord Bichard, executive director of the Institute for Government explains what he expects from today's Budget.

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Thought for the day with Oliver McTernan, director of the NGO Forward Thinking.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence, NICE, has come up with a remarkably sweeping set of recommendations to wean us off so-called junk food. Professor Mike Kelly, NICE's public health director, outlines how trans-fats and a high salt diet can cause "preventable" deaths.

The Chancellor George Osborne announces Budget today, which is expected to usher in a new age of austerity. Europe correspondent Jonny Dymond and Moneybox presenter Paul Lewis outline how they are coping on the continent and in Ireland.

Economics editor Stephanie Flanders and politics editor Nick Robinson preview the Budget.

What is the most important thing when you go to the theatre? The acting? The direction? The drama? Or the seats and how comfortable they are? Arts Editor Will Gompertz visits The Royal Shakespeare Company that has commissioned an Italian design company to make seats as part of a refurbishment of its theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Yemen has now replaced Iraq as al-Qaeda's main base in the Middle East. That is the belief of senior western intelligence officials. Last Saturday for example, in a bold daylight raid, militants attacked the security HQ in Aden freeing a number of al-Qaeda operatives. The BBC's Frank Gardner reports on a hidden war.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

The proposals from NICE to change our eating habits have not been greeted very enthusiastically by the food industry. Julian Hunt, from the Food and Drink Federation explains how the new recommendations will affect the industry.

Arsenal are launching a World Cup song to encourage children to learn foreign languages. All very laudable but it does raise a question. What languages? Chris Bryant, shadow foreign office minister, and Dr Eckhardt Lubkemeier, charge d'affaires at the Germany embassy, discuss how this could work.

France's bid to win the World Cup has gone into meltdown. Darren Tulett, who presents Match of Ze Day on the French TV's Canal Plus, explains how French fans are falling out of love with their team.

The indications are that it will not be a giveaway Budget. Rachel Sylvester of the Times and the Independent's Steve Richards analyse what it means for the popularity of the coalition government and its ability to hold together.



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