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Today: Wednesday 30th June

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke is to outline plans to reduce the number of prisoners in England and Wales. And medical researchers have doubled their estimate of the number of people with the brain condition, Huntington's disease.

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0615
Business news with Adam Shaw: Scottish Widows' Richard Dunbar explains the global tumble in the stock markets. Brian Caplan, editor of The Banker magazine, explains why British banks are still among the strongest in the world. The chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Paul Everitt, outlines why the government still needs to support the industry.

0650
The British Medical Association is expected to call for mandatory English language and clinical competence tests for all doctors from abroad . Andrew Hosken reports on the tragic events that led to the demand for scrutiny of foreign physicians.

0709
Medical experts say that the genetically inherited brain condition Huntington's disease is at least twice as common as was previously thought. Sir Michael Rawlins, Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Professor of Neurophysiology at the University of Columbia, Nancy Wexler, examine the implications of the findings.

0714
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke will today call for reform of the penal system. Mr Clarke will criticise the rise in the prison population and call for improved rehabilitation. Home editor Mark Easton assesses the significance of the announcement and the political history of sentencing.

0719
The government will announce its vision for the future of the motor industry and is expected to move away from the current level of support it provides. Richard Parry-Jones, former group vice president of the Ford motor company, discusses the effect of reduced government funding on the greening of the industry.

0721
Business news with Adam Shaw.

0728
Sports news with Jon Myers.

0735
The legal ruling on whether to allow a parent relocating abroad to take their children and leave their former partner behind is being discussed today at the Centre for Family Law and Practice's international conference. Legal affairs analyst Clive Coleman outlines the law as it currently stands, and appeal court judge Lord Justice Thorpe discusses what changes should be made.

0744
The paper review.

0747
England might be out of the football World Cup but the country's enthusiasm for collecting football stickers appears undiminished. The Guardian journalist and fanatical World Cup sticker collector John Crace reflects on the public's continuing fascination with stickers.

0751
Thought for the day with Oliver McTernan, director of the NGO, Forward Thinking.

0754
The climate change committee has reported that climate change policies are likely to fail unless the government swiftly turns its ideas into action. The committee's chairman Lord Turner discusses the UK's shortfall in meeting climate change targets.

0810
The government will today announce a reform of the penal system. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke outlines the proposed measures.

0820
As the US digests the arrest of 10 alleged members of a Russian spy-ring who lived as US citizens, correspondent Laura Trevelyan visits the town of Yonkers, home to one of the couples charged over the alleged conspiracy.

0825
The 95 residents of Britain's first "green" island, Eigg, are being asked not to use kettles, toasters or other kitchen appliances after uncharacteristically mild weather caused a critical shortage of power. In 2008 Eigg's islanders turned to wind and rain to provide all their electricity. Maggie Fyffe, Secretary of the Eigg Heritage Trust, explains how the island is powered.

0828
Sports news with Jon Myers.

0833
Fifty years ago today the Democratic Republic of Congo gained its independence. Correspondent Mike Wooldridge reflects on the country's recent history. Former UN deputy general secretary Lord Malloch-Brown and Chatham House's Dr Muzong Kodi discuss why the country has failed to develop.

0842
Business News with Adam Shaw.

0845
A string of violence against musicians is unravelling in Mexico, with the country mourning its seventh brutally murdered folk singer in three years. Sergio Vega, a prolific big band musician known as El Shaka, was shot by a truck driver who followed him on his way to a concert in Sinaloa at the weekend. Paul Garner, Professor of Spanish at Leeds University, comments on Mexico's growing gun violence.

0848
Although England is out of the World Cup, an Englishman could be chosen to oversee the final. Former Premiership and World Cup referee Graham Poll describes the pressures faced by referees in big sporting events.

0852
What is the best way to rehabilitate offenders? Chief executive of St Giles Trust Rob Owen, and director of right-leaning think-tank Civitas, David Green, discuss how to strike the right balance between community sentencing and custodial sentences.




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