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Today: Tuesday 18th January

A committee of MPs has accused the government of damaging services for patients by making "surprise" policy announcements about the future of the NHS. Also in the programme, could cyber attacks replace military warfare? We will discuss the lessons of the computer worm which has struck Iran's nuclear programme.

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Chief European Economist at RBS, Jacques Cailloux analyses whether tougher stress tests means trouble for banks. Steven Bell, Chief Economist at hedge fund GLC discusses inflation. And Investec Asset Management's Max King reflects on the markets.

The government's proposing to change the way alcohol is sold, setting minimum prices in England and Wales to make the cheap beer and spirits we currently see in our shops more expensive. The plans do not go as far as many medical experts want. Petra Meier, professor of public health at Sheffield University, outlines her concerns.

A group MPs has criticised the way the government took the NHS by "surprise" with its reforms of health care in England. The Health Select Committee says the decision to scrap Primary Care Trusts has increased costs and could harm services. The committee's chair, Stephen Dorrell puts the case that change could have a harmful effect on the NHS.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

In London and soon Glasgow and Cardiff, music fans are gathering to listen to their favourite vinyl albums from beginning to end in total silence. Classic Album Clubs are a response to download culture, the chopping, sorting and rearranging of music on iPods and other mp3 players. The BBC's David Sillito went along to discuss their fear that we are losing the ability to appreciate some of the 20th century's greatest works of art.

The deputy governor of the Bank of England, Paul Tucker, has said that capitalism cannot work unless banks can be subject to what he called "orderly failure". Mr Tucker made the comments in an interview with our business editor Robert Peston for a BBC documentary to be broadcast at 9pm tonight.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

Could what happened in Tunisia spread to other Arab countries? The demonstrations that led to the toppling of the Tunisian president began when a 26 year old man set himself on fire to protest about the lack of jobs in the country. Yesterday an Egyptian man set himself on fire in Cairo to protest against the government there. The BBC's Jon Leyne and Chloe Arnold, and Foreign Security William Hague, analyse the impact of the protests.

Paper review.

For the first time for many years, the House of Lords has been debating the coalition government's plans to cut the number of MPs and for a referendum on the way we elect them, planned for early May. They began just before four o'clock yesterday afternoon and by midnight only two amendments had been debated. The BBC's James Landale has the latest on the marathon debate.

Thought for the Day with The Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.

How much damage has the computer worm Stuxnet done to Iran's nuclear programme? A report from the OECD, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, gives a warning about how powerful such attacks can be, against any government. One of the authors, the LSE's Professor Peter Sommer, examines the importance of cyber-attacks with Elizabeth Quintana, head of the air power and technology programme at the Royal United Services Institute.

The government is proposing to change the way alcohol is sold , setting minimum prices in England and Wales to make the cheap beer and spirits in shops become more expensive, at a stroke. The question is whether minimum pricing at the level that seems likely will make a significant difference. Professor Sir Ian Gilmore of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK and Gavin Partington, from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, debate the issue.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

The shortlisted nominations for the British Academy film awards have just been announced. The film critic Mark Kermode joins us from Bafta's headquarters in London's Piccadilly.

Under the government's plans for NHS reform, GPs will be able to buy healthcare for their patients from wherever they want; the local NHS hospital, a private hospital or even a private company. Sanchia Berg examines the potential impact on local services and Ali Parsa, managing partner at Circle, Europe's largest private health care provider, reflects on the proposals.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has released a report about how Heathrow Airport's capacity might be increased and he remains keen on the idea of building a new airport in the Thames Estuary. The trouble is that the overwhelming majority of airlines using London don't want it. Mr Johnson explains his continuing ambitions.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The European Court of Human Rights will give its judgment today on what has been seen as a landmark case for privacy laws in this country, concerning a 2001 Daily Mirror story about the model Naomi Campbell. Guy Martin, a partner with the law firm Carter Ruck and Professor Roy Greenslade of City University, discuss the possible effects of the judgement.

The Communist Party of Vietnam will today elect the country's new leadership as its five-yearly Congress comes to an end. Alastair Leithead reports from Hanoi on how the one-party state has grappled with a fast growing, but wobbling economy, within this strange combination of a nominally Communist country, where capitalism is increasingly strong.

Which would you prefer: the Good Society or the Big Society? Or are they, perhaps, the same thing? Labour peer Maurice Glasman, former head of the Faith and Citizenship programme at London Metropolitan University, explains what "the good society" means to him. So does the Conservative MP Jesse Norman, author of the book, The Big Society.



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