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Today: Monday 31st October

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg describes the search for economic growth and the coalition's divisions over Europe. Also on today's programme, are English councils failing to make the grade on adoption? And should computer games be considered art?

Business news with Simon Jack. As the president of the European Central Bank steps down after eight years, did the ECB under his leadership do enough to prevent the crisis happening?

The latest Olympic Legacy project to come to fruition - the first new equestrian centre in inner London for 30 years - has opened in Brixton. Reporter Chris Dennis went to see it.

The government wants English councils to do a better job of speeding the process of adoption. Andrew, who has just gone through the process with his wife, explains how difficult it is to adopt a child.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is to announce a second tranche of £950m from the Regional Growth Fund in an aim to jump-start private investment, particularly in areas where there has been over dependence on public sector jobs. James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North-east Chamber of Commerce, outlines where the money of going in his region.

Business news with Simon Jack.

In the next 20 years, India is expected to overtake China as the world's most populous country but, with the amount of fertile land shrinking, it faces a challenge to provide food for an increasing population. Sanjoy Majumder went to one small corner of India's agricultural heartland in the Punjab to see how people are coping there.

The energy regulator Ofgem is slapping a £2m fine on npower for the way it handles customer complaints, with Scottish Power and EDF also being investigated, for misleading sales practices. Sarah Harrison, senior partner for Sustainable Development at Ofgem, explains what has been going wrong at the energy companies.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Ucas has said it wants to get students to apply to university after they receive their A-level results. Its chief executive, Mary Curnock Cook, outlines the reasons behind the change, and Dr Wendy Piatt, director general of the Russell Group explains what this would mean for universities.

A review of the papers.

It now seems that the centre of the Thai capital Bangkok may have escaped the full impact of the floods which have already wrecked havoc in other parts of the country. Correspondent Rachel Harvey joined the Red Cross as they went in search of a community on the outskirts of Bangkok that has been largely cut off by the floods.

Thought for The Day with Clifford Longley, a religious commentator.

The government is telling local authorities in England to work harder to ensure babies can be adopted more quickly. Matt Dunkley, president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services, explains why he thinks red tape holds councils back, and Tim Loughton, minister for children and families, explains what the government will be doing to help speed up the process.

The government needs growth. Its hopes of convincing people of economic recovery, while they are in the throes of deep cuts in public spending, depend on signs of job creation and investment. The deputy prime minister Nick Clegg explains how this second tranche of the Regional Growth Fund can boost the UK economy.

The organisers of a new competition for games - the Gamecity prize - are calling for video games to be embraced as an art form. Charlie Higson, the writer of the Young James Bond books was on the panel and the writer Ekow Eshun, former director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, discuss the credentials of computer art.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

President Assad has used a rare interview with a Western newspaper to issue a warning to the west and indeed to other Arab nations that if rebels win the struggle for power in Syria then the result would be disaster. Professor Fawaz Gerges, director of the Middle East Centre at the LSE, and Professor Michael Clarke, director of the Royal United Services Institute, analyse the president's comments.

The charity Scope is taking the relatively unusual step of issuing a £20 million bond - a form of IOU. Investors in the bond will give their money up-front: the charity then uses it and eventually pays it back, with interest. Richard Hawkes, CEO of Scope, explains their plan.

Liam Fox has given his first broadcast interview since resigning as defence secretary. He spoke to Robin Markwell, political reporter for Radio Bristol, and began by considering his relationship with Adam Werrity, the man who presented himself as Dr Fox's official adviser.

Jean Claude Trichet ends his eight-year stint as the President of the European Central Bank today. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders asked him about the eurozone crisis and Europe's changing relationship with China.

Is Britain doing enough to preserve its historical follies? Gwyn Headley, author of the Follies of England series of e-books discuss the love affair the country has with these pieces of architectural whimsy.

Npower is being fined £2m by the energy regulator Ofgem for mishandling customer complaints. Tim Yeo, Conservative chairman of the Commons energy select committee, and Peter Bingle, chairman of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs, discuss if the Big Six energy providers are edging into bankers' territory and taking on the mantle of villains.


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