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Today: Saturday 2nd October

A review commissioned by David Cameron is calling for curbs on compensation culture, and a clamp down on the excesses of health and safety officials.

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The Chancellor George Osborne has described the defence budget as "chaotic and disorganised". Political correspondent Robin Brant Political correspondent Robin Brant analyses the row between the Treasury and the MoD

Some councils in England and Wales have not yet received all the road-gritting salt they need from suppliers for this winter. Richard Kemp, Vice-Chairman of the Local Government Association, examines the possibility of using foreign sources of road salt.

The paper review.

The President of the Palestinian authority, Mahmoud Abbas, will later today discuss the future of the fragile peace talks with Israel. Middle east correspondent Wyre Davis outlines how the issue of building in Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land has brought the discussions to the brink of failure.

What kind of a country is modern-day India? Is it the emerging global power the Commonwealth Games are meant to show the world when they begin in Delhi tomorrow? Or does this week's court judgement over the disputed holy site of Ayodhya tell us more about the country? Mike Wooldridge reports from Delhi.

The sports news with Jon Myers.

Lord Young will address the Conservative Party conference this weekend about his proposals for the reform of Health and Safety Regulations. Martyn Day, partner of Leigh Day Solicitors, examines the role of personal injury specialists.

The paper review.

A young artist from New York, Jacob Feige, best known for painting American landscapes with a contemporary twist, has launched his first exhibition in the UK. Today reporter, Phil Mackie, went to the launch, which took place in a converted gents' toilet.

In 1977, it took the Netherlands 208 days to produce a new administration after an election. Iraq has now extended the record a good deal further. Iraq correspondent, Jim Muir discusses why it has taken the country so long to form a government.

Thought for the Day with Brian Draper, Associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

Ahead of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this week. Michael Portillo, former chief secretary to the Treasury and Ben Brogan, assistant editor of the Daily Telegraph, look at the government's scope for making budget cuts.

Lord Young will address the Conservative Party conference this weekend about his proposals for the reform of Health and Safety Regulations. Lord Young reveals why he thinks a relaxation of the law is necessary.

An early music recording, composed during the Middle Ages, has won Gramophone Magazine's Recording of the Year. "Infelix Ego", was created by the great 16th century composer, William Byrd, and performed by the British vocal ensemble The Cardinall's Musick. Their director speaks to Today presenter, James Naughtie about their unexpected award.

The people of Ireland were told this week they face the prospect of more deep cuts in public spending. The Dublin-based novelist Joseph O'Connor gives us a personal view of a country in the grip of austerity.

The sports news with Jon Myers.

The government has said it will suspend the designated bus lane on the M4 motorway close to London. Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, and former Transport Secretary, John Prescott, debate on whether this is part of a plan to end the "war on the motorist".

The paper review.

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary on the reunification of Germany, known as "The Day of German Unity". Author Simon Winder and Ulrike Guerot, head of the Berlin office of the European Council on Foreign Relations, examine how the country has developed.

Gaby Wood, head of books for the Telegraph Media Group, and John Sutherland, emeritus professor of English Literature at University College London, discuss letters being published for the first time from Philip Larkin to his lover and confidante, Monica Jones.



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