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Today: Thursday 24th March

The government has denied that its windfall tax on oil companies, announced in the Budget, will be passed on to motorists in higher fuel prices. And, the European Union is facing the prospect of bailing out Portugal, where MPs have rejected a new set of austerity measures.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Business news with Adam Shaw: WPP's chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell says his firm may consider relocating to the UK. Chris Sanger, head of tax policy at accountants Ernst and Young, reviews the Budget and Brewin Dolphin's Rob Burgeman looks at the markets.

The Green Party says the budget is "a betrayal of our environment". Its leader Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, tells us why.

George Osborne's Budget detailed further measures to tackle the UK's deficit. But what is Labour's response? Shadow chancellor Ed Balls comments on Mr Osborne's plans.

Authorities in Japan say the tap water in Tokyo is now safe for infants to drink again. But even if the radiation levels have receded, what about the fear? Our correspondent in Tokyo, Chris Hogg, has been finding out.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A report from the King's Fund health think tank says there are wide variations in the quality of GP care in England. Chris Ham, CEO of the King's Fund and Dr Clare Gerada, who chairs the Royal College of GPs, examine if the situation has worsened.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

Air-strikes by coalition forces on targets in Libya have continued overnight. The BBC's Kevin Connolly has the latest from the rebel-held city of Benghazi. And Lord Stirrup, former Chief of the Defence Staff, outlines his view of the coalition's strategy and aims.

The chancellor claims to have put "fuel in the tank of the British economy" with the measures he outlined yesterday. Will his proposals stimulate growth? Our economics editor Stephanie Flanders analyses the potential long-term impact of the Budget.

Review of the papers.

How will George Osborne's Budget affect the banks and the oil industry? Angela Knight, CEO of the British Bankers Association, and Malcolm Webb, CEO of Oil and Gas UK, outline how their sectors will be affected by the measures announced yesterday.

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

Hollywood is mourning the death of one of the 20th century's biggest stars, Elizabeth Taylor, who has died at the age of 79. Angela Lansbury, who appeared with Ms Taylor in the film National Velvet, shared her memories of the Hollywood superstar.

Chancellor George Osborne discusses his Budget. And the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson, analyses the politics behind the measures announced yesterday.

The Chauvet cave in south-east France is home to the oldest paintings in the world, which were created more than 32,000 years. The German director Werner Herzog has documented them in his latest work, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which opens in cinemas tomorrow. He told the BBC's Rebecca Jones about the 3D spectacular.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Portugal's prime minister Jose Socrates has resigned after the country's parliament rejected his government's economic rescue programme. It means the country may have to be bailed out by Europe and the IMF. Economist and former MEP Paulo Casaca, outlines why he thinks MPs voted the package down and the BBC's Europe editor Gavin Hewitt reflects on the implications of the resignation.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

It has been confirmed that a woman killed in a bomb attack in Jerusalem yesterday was British. The BBC's middle east editor Jeremy Bowen reports on rising tensions in both Israel and Syria.

Today is the BBC's School Report, where children across the country take over from the BBC's journalists to produce their own reports. Raymond is in Year Eight at Hackney City and Parochial School in east London. His report is on crime in Hackney and what authorities are doing to try and make the area safer, and how young people can avoid gangs.

The first official Royal Wedding memorabilia rolls off the production line today. It is big money for the manufacturers, but are these things worth anything? Our reporter Nicola Stanbridge visited Margaret Tyler, who has 10,000 items of royal memorabilia. And the BBC Antiques Roadshow's Judith Miller gives her expert opinion.

How long does it take before you can work out whether a budget has been good or bad? Former chancellors Alistair Darling and Lord Lamont debate the effectiveness of yesterday's announcements.



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