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Today: Tuesday 28th February

It has emerged that Barclays Bank has designed two tax avoidance schemes despite signing a code of conduct which prohibits such practices. Bailiffs have dismantled a camp set up by anti-capitalist protesters outside St Paul's Cathedral in London. And also on the programme, the mother of Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin.

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

Business news with Simon Jack on news that the Treasury has ordered Barclays bank to pay hundreds of millions of pounds in tax after outlawing tax loopholes the bank was using to avoid paying.

The anti-capitalist Occupy London protest has been cleared outside St Paul's Cathedral. The BBC's Mike Sergeant reports.

A senior police officer, investigating allegations of illegal payments by journalists, has told the Leveson inquiry into press standards that she has evidence of a network of "corrupted officials". Steve Hewlett, presenter of the Media Show on Radio 4, reflects on the announcement by the Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers.

In Russia, Vladimir Putin is still expected to win the presidential election in just over a week's time as no serious candidates have been allowed to run against him. But Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg reports on how there has been a wave of anti-Vladimir vocals ahead of the vote.

The business news with Simon Jack.

A joint inspection by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and and the Crown Prosecution Service concludes that rapists could be convicted more quickly and successfully if police made better use of intelligence. Dru Sharpling, Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary, outlines their concerns.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


New figures show that business investment in the arts fell by 7% despite the culture secretary saying last year that 2011 was going to be the "year of corporate responsibility" with the aim of driving up the number of FTSE listed companies giving money to the arts. Arts editor Will Gompertz looks back at what was promised while Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt responds.

Paper review.

The English National Opera has just started staging one of the most controversial works in the operatic repertoire. The BBC's Tim Franks reports on The Death of Klinghoffer which is about the hijacking of the cruise liner the Achille Lauro by members of the Palestinian Liberation Front in 1985 where gunmen shot and threw overboard a wheelchair-using American Jew called Leon Klinghoffer.

Thought for the day with the the writer Rhidian Brook.

The former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is urging the government to scrap proposals in its Justice and Security Green Paper, saying they could stop British courts holding the government and the intelligence agencies to account. Security correspondent Gordon Correra has the details while former DPP Lord MacDonald explains what is behind his concerns.


The government has taken steps to close two aggressive tax avoidance schemes recently disclosed to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) which allowed Barclays bank to avoid paying hundreds of millions of pounds in tax. Business editor Robert Peston explains the loopholes in question while Treasury Minister David Gauke responds.


The Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers, investigating allegations of illegal payments by journalists, told the Leveson inquiry into press standards that she has evidence of a network of "corrupted officials" and that there appeared to have been "a culture of illegal payments" at the Sun newspaper. Lord Falconer, a former Lord Chancellor, gives his thoughts on the revelations while Sir Chris Fox, former head of Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), and Simon Jenkins, Guardian columnist and former editor of the Times and the Evening Standard, discuss what it says about the relationship between the media and the police.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The word's biggest prize for engineering, The Queen Elizabeth Prize, is open for nominations today. Lord Browne of Madingley, chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation, and Dr Eleanor Stride, lecturer in at Oxford University's Institute of Biomedical Engineering, discuss why the importance of engineering needs to be highlighted.

Business news with Simon Jack.


Efforts continue to get the bodies of journalists Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik and the injured journalists Paul Conroy and Edith Bouvier out of the besieged Syrian city of Homs. Marie Colvin's mother Rosemarie talks to the Today programme's Justin Webb about efforts to bring her daughter's body home.


Credit rating agencies come under the spotlight again this week as the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee begins its own inquiry. Chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym reports on how downgrades of sovereign ratings around Europe have provoked angry reactions.


It is the centenary of British painter and art critic Robin Ironside and an exhibition of his work opens today at the Pallant House Gallery, in Chichester, West Sussex. His niece and writer Virginia Ironside and art critic Brian Sewell discuss his reputation for visionary work some of which was produced by his experimentation with mind-altering drugs.


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