The government is issuing new planning guidance for England which is understood to include a presumption in favour of sustainable development. The National Audit Office says a crackdown on migrants who obtain student visas to enter Britain made the problem worse, not better. And also on the programme, "synthetic biology" - how scientists are making new forms of life.
0712 Ministers are proposing to let the courts impose tougher restrictions on offenders who aren't sent to jail which could include courts being able to hand down the wider use of electronic tagging, curfews and travel bans. Tessa Webb, chief executive of Hertfordshire Probation Trust, which has been piloting the use of some of the new techniques, explains how these could make community sentences more effective forms of punishment.
0717 Business news with Simon Jack.
A highly-critical report from the National Audit Office has revealed poor management and abuse of the overseas student visa system. Home affairs editor Danny Shaw has the details while Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of Universities UK,
responds to the report.
0726 Sports news with Garry Richardson.
The former Labour cabinet minister Jack Straw has written to the Electoral Commission to ask that they investigate the allegations made in the Sunday Times tapes regarding donations from overseas.
He explains why.
0737 Paper review.
One of Britain's top research priorities is in the extraordinary new field of what's called "synthetic biology" where scientists design and create artificial DNA to produce everything from medicines to fuels to materials. The government hopes it will play an important part in economic growth while environmental campaigners warn of the risks of creating artificially-engineered organisms.
Science editor David Shukman reports.
0749 Thought for the day with the Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.
0751 The BBC's Panorama programme has found that a News Corporation company allegedly recruited a pay-TV "pirate" to post hacked details of a rival's secret codes online. BBC Panorama reporter Vivian White outlines the investigation while Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's Media Show and former director of programmes at Carlton Television, gives his analysis.
0849 The US Supreme Court has finished the first day of a landmark hearing on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform. Twenty-six US states have brought the Republican-led challenge to the act which expands health coverage to 32 million Americans. North America Editor, Mark Mardell reports.
0853 The biggest overhaul of the planning system in England in a generation will be published today and the government say the changes will help stimulate economic growth and provide much needed new homes. Karen Cooksley, head of planning law at the law firm Winckworth Sherwood, and Simon Jenkins, chairman of the National Trust, debate whether planning will get in the way of development.
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