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Today: Thursday 2nd December

Snow and ice are still causing severe disruption to Britain's transport system. The Patients Association says thousands of elderly people are still receiving substandard treatment in NHS hospitals. And do fathers get enough parenting help?

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Airlines analyst Howard Wheeldon on concerns over the Rolls Royce engines on the A380 Airbus. Economist Peter Westaway assesses the future of the euro. And Penny De Valk of the Institute of Leadership and Management examines why there has been barely any improvement on the number of women holding boardroom positions.

Snow and ice are still causing severe disruption to Britain's transport system. Jane Weatherspoon reports on the weather situation in Newcastle and Richard Scott describes how the public transport is coping with the fresh snow.

The FIFA executive committee makes its decision on the 2018 World Cup bid in Zurich later today. Sports editor David Bond gives an update on how the England bid is faring.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Russia is described as a "virtual mafia state" in the latest batch of secret US embassy cables published by the Wikileaks website. Former adviser at the Foreign Office, David Clark, explains how Russia is viewed by the West.

A million free classic books are to be distributed to people who do not like reading or do not have access to books. Arts editor Will Gompertz explains the reasons behind the World Book Night taking place in March.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Patients Association says thousands of elderly people are still receiving substandard treatment in NHS hospitals. The association's Kieran Mullan and Dr Peter Carter of the Royal College of Nursing discuss the necessary improvements in care for the elderly.

Paper review.

The Parliamentary expenses watchdog publishes its first report into MPs claims since the general election. Correspondent Norman Smith assesses how far the organisation has been able to draw a line under the scandals of the old expenses regime.

Van driver Paul Ellis describes how he has been snow-bound for two nights.

Thought for the Day with the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

This afternoon the members of the governing body of world football FIFA will announce the hosts for the World Cups in 2018 and 2022. Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Jeremy Hunt examines how the recent corruption allegations have affected England's chances.

Travellers face further misery as airports, roads and rail services continue to be badly affected by snow. David Quarmby of the RAC Foundation and Derek Turner of the Highways Agency assess how well the country has been coping with the heavy snowfall.

Britain does very badly when it comes to supporting equal parenting, according to a new research. Writer Tony Parsons and Rob Williams of the Fatherhood Institute discuss whether fathers get enough parenting help.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

About one-third of all sexual offences are committed by people under the age of 18, according to a new report. Reporter Sanchia Berg spoke to a parent whose 12-year-old son was accused of touching inappropriately an eight-year-old girl at a party. And Donald Findlater of the Stop It Now helpline explains the difficulty in dealing with the issue.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Is Hillary Clinton's position as US Secretary of State under threat as a result of the Wikileaks scandal? US Assistant Secretary of State PJ Crowley analyses the damage caused to US-global relations.

Schools are closing across the UK as snowfall continues. Sheffield council leader Paul Scriven explains why he wants teachers to work even if their own school is shut.

Russia, England and Spain/Portugal are all leading contenders in the 2018 World Cup bid. Richard Galpin reports on fresh accusations that racism is so bad in Russia that it would be hard for African nations to take part if the country were to host the competition.

What have been the most successful government policies of the last 30 years? The Conservative's Michael Portillo and Labour's Lord Adonis discuss their parties' achievements.



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