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Today: Tuesday 19th October

The defence review is being published today, leaving Britain unable to deploy fighter jets at sea for several years. We will be speaking to the Defence Secretary Liam Fox. And should the National Trust spice up its stately homes?

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Chief executive of ADS, Ian Godden, analyses the financial impact of the Spending Review on the defence industry. Technology analyst Larry Magid examines the falling shares of the technology group Apple. And Damian Kahya looks at whether the government's spending cuts are likely to reduce subsides to alternative energy.

The Prime Minister will announce the details of the Strategic Defence and Security Review to the Commons today. Dr Alex Ashbourne-Walmsley, of the Royal United Services Institute, examines the effect of the review on Britain's defensive capability.

Three peers are facing suspensions from the Parliament after inquiries found they had wrongly claimed tens of thousands of pounds in expenses. Convenor of the Cross Benchers in the House of Lords, Baroness D'Souza, analyses the details of the expenses inquiry.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The President of France is promising to press ahead with pension reforms despite the continuing protests. Thierry Dedieu, of the CFDT Union, explains the reservations about the reforms.

Americans go to the polls for ten mid-term Congressional elections in two weeks' time. Kevin Connolly reports from rural Missouri where the Republicans believe Barack Obama's Democrats stand to lose control, not just of the lower House of Representatives, but maybe of the Senate too.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

In his defence review, the Prime Minister will announce that HMS Ark Royal will be scrapped within months, along with all of the UK's Harrier jump jets. The Defence Secretary Liam Fox outlines the details of the review.

Paper review.

The programme has asked people working in the public sector for ideas of services that would improve the sector and cut cost. Andrew Hosken reports on a project for newly-released prisoners in south London.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Rosemary Lain-Priestley, Dean of the Women's Ministry in central London.

Teacher Katherine Birbalsingh, who made a speech to the Conservative conference criticising school standards, has left the school where she was working. She explains the circumstances of her departure and her views on education.

The aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal, is to be scrapped almost immediately as part of the coalition's defence review. The BBC's James Landale and Caroline Wyatt analyse the argument that this review is simply a cost-cutting exercise.

The social housing budget in England is to be cut by more than 50% in the Spending Review, according to reports. Sarah Webb of the Chartered Institute of Housing analyses the need for new building projects.

The former girlfriend of the footballer Wayne Bridge, Vanessa Perroncel, has received apologies from two Sunday newspapers after she took legal action following false allegations that she had an affair with footballer John Terry. She told Justin Webb about her experiences.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

One of the most poignant images of Barack Obama's election night was the sight of the civil rights leader Jesse Jackson weeping with joy. He examines how the US President is now seen by the African-American community.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A leading US researcher into stem-cell therapies is addressing the Royal Society's conference in London today. Dr George Daley discusses the future of stem-cell research.

The BBC will be ordered to pick up the cost of free TV licences for people over 75, according to reports. Chairman of the Culture Select Committee, John Whittingdale and Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's Media Show, discuss the BBC Trust's argument that this move would not be justified.

HMS Belfast has been returned to her former glory. Gordon Corera reports from the re-dedication service of the cruiser, which took part in the Arctic convoys that supplied the Soviet Union with munitions, tanks and aircraft during the Second World War.

Should the National Trust spice up its stately homes? Cultural commentator Stephen Bayley and Sir Simon Jenkins of the Trust discuss if it should go out of its way to seek greater popularity.



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