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Today: Thursday 2nd June

The government's immigration policy is effectively introducing an amnesty according to a Commons committee. Has the war on drugs failed? And also on the programme, DJ Annie Nightingale on why pop culture should stop recycling and embrace the new.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Figures out this morning show that public sector pay growth ground to a halt in April. Ken Mulkearn, editor of the report from Income Data Services, explains the gap between public and private sector salaries. And John B Taylor, professor of economics at Stanford University, outlines why President Obama and leading Republicans have reached a deadlock over US debt. Download the podcast.

A pressure group report claims there is evidence that GP commissioning, a controversial part of the government's planned changes to the NHS, is already improving patient care in some places. Dr Michael Dixon, chairs of the NHS Alliance, and Dr John Lister, director of the London Health Emergency campaign group, which says it is committed to defending the NHS, go head to head over the findings.

The German agency in charge of trying to trace the E. coli outbreak that has killed at least 17 people says it may continue for months, and that its source may never be discovered. Berlin correspondent Steve Evans has been speaking to the head of the agency.

Can you put a price tag on nature? Stephen Tapper, president of the Planning Officers Society, reviews the government's new plan to put monetary values on the natural environment.

The Commons Home Affairs Select Committee says the government has given an effective amnesty to more than 160,000 asylum seekers , and its asylum policy is still "unfit for purpose". Keith Best of Freedom From Torture, and former chief executive of the Immigration Advisory Service, reacts to the criticism.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Mitt Romney, former governor of the US state of Massachusetts, is later expected to declare his candidacy for the republican nomination for the presidency. Washington correspondent Jonny Dymond reports on the serious hurdles ahead in his run for the White House.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Serious concerns were raised over the care industry yesterday, as abuse at the Winterbourne View home for people with learning disabilities and the financial problems at Southern Cross care homes came to light. Nadra Ahmed, chair of the National Care Association, considers its uncertain future.

Sepp Blatter has promised to put the ship of Fifa "back on course", as he begins his new term as president, despite the best efforts of the English and Scottish Football Associations, the British press and parliamentarians. Sports editor David Bond reflects on the events in Zurich over the past few days.

Paper review.

The war on drugs, as it used to be called by governments around the world, has failed, according to a Global Commission on Drug Policy. Former president of Colombia, Cesar Gaviria, who is one of the members of the commission, reflects on the scale of the problem.

Thought for the day with Anne Atkins, novelist and columnist.

A cyber attack uncovered by Google appears to have been aimed at a large number of government officials and journalists, mainly, but not exclusively, in the United States, and to have originated in China. The BBC's Gordon Corera examines the "offence and defence" of cyber security. Lt Gen Harry Raduege, of the chairs the Deloitte Centre for Cyber Innovation in Washington DC, and who has written reports on cyber security, analyses the threat of further attacks.

The government immigration policy is not working and is effectively introducing an amnesty by failing to clear a backlog of illegal immigrants, according to the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee. Keith Vaz, chairman of the committee, and immigration minister Damian Green debate the best way to deal with asylum seekers.

Is the world of popular music obsessed with the past? Simon Reynolds, author of Retromania, and Annie Nightingale, Radio 1 DJ and the station's longest-serving presenter, discuss if today's pop stars are stuck on rewind.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Hundreds of environmental scientists and economists have been trying to put a price on nature in the UK's first ecosystem assessment report. Environment correspondent Tom Feilden reports on how much a walk in the countryside is really worth. And Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman runs through the aims of the scheme.

Government forces in Libya have been accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity by UN investigators. Wyre Davis reports from Tripoli on concerns that both sides are breaking the rules of war.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The evidence of abuse at the care home in Bristol run by Castlebeck has reawakened the concerns of a family in Nottingham, whose son died after being restrained in a home run by the same company. Paul Balen is the family solicitor of Derek Lovegrove, the 38-year-old man with learning difficulties who died while in care.

The Kinks' frontman Ray Davies has been curating this year's Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre in London. Evan Davis spoke to him at his north London studio about many years of memories and music.

One of Labour's serial rebels, former MP for Medway Bob Marshall-Andrews, has written a memoir called Off Message: The Complete Answer to Political Humbug. His former long-suffering chief whip, Nick Brown, MP for Newcastle upon Tyne East, joins him to debate the benefits of parliamentary dissent.



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