Major roads and motorways in England could be run by private companies under a scheme being considered by ministers. It's emerged thousands of people are still missing in Libya exactly a year after Nato began its air campaign which helped bring down Colonel Gaddafi. And also on the programme, the woman who wants to have her hand cut off and replaced with a bionic one.
0709 Major roads and motorways in England could be run by private companies under plans being considered by the government. Alasdair Reisner, director of external affairs at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), reflects on what this would mean.
0712 The number of pupils being expelled from school have fallen by almost a third in England over the last ten years - but are we being given the true picture? The Children's Commissioner for England says growing number of schools are illegally excluding students in a way that doesn't show up in the figures. The BBC's Andrew Bomford reports.
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0716 Business news with Simon Jack.
0718 A study by English Heritage has revealed for the first time the true extent of crime affecting England's historic buildings and sites, including vandalism and theft. Mike Harlow, governance and legal director at English Heritage, outlines the results.
The Chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce in his Budget this week
that the government will take responsibility for all Royal Mail pensions,
removing one of the biggest obstacles to privatisation of the company. Richard Hooper, who published a government report on the future of British Postal Services in 2010, analyses the reasons behind the proposed move.
0741 Paper review.
0745 The BBC has lost its rights to terrestrial racing, including the Grand National, the Royal Ascot and the Epsom Derby which means that from 2013 Channel 4 will show The Grand National, one of the "crown jewels" in sporting events. Sports editor David Bond has the details.
0746 Thought for the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican Priest.
Edmund King, president of the AA, outlines his concerns over the proposals. While Matthew Hancock, Conservative MP for West Suffolk and former chief of staff to George Osborne, gives his thoughts and political editor Nick Robinson examines the politics behind the idea.
0820 Documents seen by the BBC reveal that British Chiefs of Staff secretly approved plans to arm Vichy France during World War II despite the fact that Britain was fighting supposedly neutral Vichy in Madagascar at the time and that the right wing French regime was collaborating voluntarily with Hitler's Germany. Mike Thomson reports on how papers, to be aired this evening by
Radio 4's Document programme,
show that neither Winston Churchill, nor Charles De Gaulle, were told about this highly controversial decision.
Many people believe it is and find the prospect terrifying because of the consequences that would flow from it. Others say Israel has no choice because If Iran acquires nuclear weapons, the very existence of Israel is threatened. Dan Meridor, Israeli deputy Prime minister and Minister for Intelligence and Atomic Energy, is in London for talks about Israel's approach to what's happening in the Middle East.
0841 Business news with Simon Jack.
0843 The chancellor is coming under more pressure to alter his plans to scrap child benefit for households in which one partner earns more than £42,000 a year when he delivers his budget this week. Chief political correspondent Ben Wright reports on how more backbench Tories have come out against the policy while some Labour figures say it's time to think about tearing up the entire system of universal benefits.
with some Jewish leaders coming out in favour of it while others accuse the government of leading an assault on gay marriage. The debate is also pitting Sikhs against Quakers. Lord Singh, head of the Network of Sikh Organisations, and Rachel Muers, Quaker theologian and senior lecturer in Christian studies at the University of Leeds, discuss the controversial debate.
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