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Today: Friday 24th September

The government has ruled out revaluing English council tax bands before the next general election. And has feminism destroyed the art of home cooking?

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Investment manager Justin Urquhart-Stewart examines the rumours about the resignation of HSBC's chief executive. Chief executive of Which? marketing news, Peter Vickery-Smith, analyses the government's inquiry into the banking sector. And our Friday boss is Neil Gaydon, chief executive of the set-top box makers Pace.

Later today the Independent Commission on Banking, set up by the government, will set-out the scope of its year-long inquiry into the banking sector. Adam Shaw looks at the issue of splitting-up banks' retail and investment operations.

The coalition government has decided against a revaluation of council tax bands in England in the course of this parliament. Steve Freer, of the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy, examines how this decision will affect people whose houses have risen significantly in value in the past years.

One of the few points of stability in the Middle East in recent years has been the presidency of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. But with his approaching old age, who will line-up to replace him? Correspondent Jon Leyne reports from Cairo.

Five letters from Oscar Wilde, sent to one of his magazine editors, are being auctioned. Auctioneer Alan Judd describes how the letters cast an interesting light on Wilde's life in the 1880s.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation has called for a meeting in Rome to talk about the rising price of grain. BBC's correspondent David Loyn reports on the effects of the sharp rise on poor countries. And government's scientific advisor John Beddington talks about UK's current and long term food security.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The government may scrap 177 publicly funded non-governmental advisory bodies, quangos, and another 94 are under threat according to a leaked letter. Baroness Deech, former chairman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, one of the quangos that faces the axe, analyses the gap these organisations will leave.

The paper review.

The Natural History Museum is throwing open the doors of its back-stage store rooms and laboratories tonight. Science correspondent Tom Feilden has been given an insight into the hidden world of the museum's collections on display to the public for the night.

Thought for the Day with Muslim Chaplain at the University of Cambridge, Abdal Hakim Murad.

A commission appointed by the government to review the future of banking in the UK is to set out the terms of its inquiry. Economics correspondent Hugh Pym and George Mathewson, former Chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland, discuss whether big high street institutions should be allowed to keep their investment banking operations.

The government has ruled out revaluing English council tax bands before the next general election. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, explains why the coalition has decided to reverse Labour's plans to revalue all homes in England.

Who should the public trust to get long-term weather forecasts right? Roger Harrabin describes how the BBC is launching a project to analyse the accuracy of weather forecasting. And Paul Hardaker of the Royal Meteorological Society discusses why it is so difficult to get the weather right.

One hundred and thirty one servicemen and women are to be honoured for their bravery during their service in the armed forces. One of those awarded, Flight Lieutenant Ian Anthony Fortune describes how he was shot while flying a helicopter in Afghanistan.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The independent commission chaired by Sir John Vickers will today set out the terms of its inquiry into the banking system. The chairman of Treasury Select Committee, Andrew Tyrie, outlines how the review could lead to fairer treatment for customers and curb so-called "casino" banking activities.

What sentencing decisions would you take if you were a judge? A panel of Today listeners put their minds to a fictional case of anti-social behaviour, with the help of Home Affairs editor Mark Easton and Crown Court judge Michael Heath, to see how easy it is to make intelligent legal decisions.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Some 180 quangos are apparently being lined up for the axe as part of the government's efforts to streamline the public sector. Peter Riddell, from the Institute for Government, explains the coalition's plans.

Has feminism destroyed the art of home cooking? Columnist Rose Prince and journalist Rosie Boycott discuss the effect of feminism on the modern kitchen.


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