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Today: Tuesday 3rd April

Education Secretary Michael Gove has sent a letter to examinations regulator Ofqual in which he says universities should create a new set of A-levels. A business group says Britain has avoided going back into recession. And also on the programme, the scientist who thinks that dinosaurs could not have lived on land.

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 with Angela Knight who is stepping down from her position as chief executive of the British Bankers Association. Download the podcast


The UK will probably avoid a recession after a pickup in growth in the first quarter, according to the British Chambers of Commerce, but the organisation says the pace of recovery is still "too slow". John Longworth, director general at the British Chambers of Commerce, outlines why the the organisation is calling for "forceful" measures from the government to help boost growth.

Today is the closing date of the consultation on the Boundary Commission's proposed changes to the electoral map. John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University, analyses what the changes mean for all the parties.

Business news with Simon Jack.


Large dinosaurs could only have supported their weight if they lived in water, not on dry land, according to cell biologist Professor Brian J Ford. Science correspondent Tom Feilden looks at whether his aquatic theory of dinosaurs holds water.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The government is to announce another attempt to encourage carbon capture and storage - a system for trapping and then burying the carbon dioxide released by power stations. Energy Minister Charles Hendry outlines the government proposals. Read Science editor David Shukman's blog here.

The exiled uncle of Syria's President Assad has said he does not think the regime can survive because of the level of violence on the streets. Rifaat al-Assad, a former Syrian vice president, has been speaking to Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen.

The paper review.

Seven water companies are bringing in water restrictions that will affect 20 million people across the south and east of England from Thursday. Celebrity gardener Charlie Dimmock offers tips on preparing for the hosepipe ban.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.


Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy has won at least 40 of the 45 seats contested in Burma's by-elections according to local officials. The outcome will have little effect on the balance of power in the short term, but she says they mark the start of a new era in Burma. The Today programme's Mike Thomson reports.

Should the Labour party change the way it is funded?

Political correspondent Ben Wright explains the political stakes, while Billy Hayes, chair of the Trade Union and Labour Party Liaison Committee and Communication Workers' Union General Secretary, and Peter Watt, former general secretary of the Labour Party, discuss the mood for change in Labour and the unions.


seems in many ways a strange emotion - it affects our bodies and our minds and can appear and disappear dependent on the situation or the culture that we live in. Dr. Rachel Herz, professor of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour at Brown University and author of That's Disgusting, explains why some things make us recoil and others don't.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has told England's exam regulator, Ofqual, that universities must have more say in how A levels are devised and marked. Christine Blower, General Secretary of the NUT, and Glenys Stacey, Chief Executive of Ofqual, discuss the move.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The Economic Community Of West African States (Ecowas) has imposed economic, diplomatic and other sanctions on Mali, ten days after military officers staged a coup. Alex Vines, head of the Africa Programme at Chatham House, explains the situation.

A senior judge in England and Wales has warned the number of child abductions and cross border custody disputes between parents has more than doubled in the last two years. Lady Catherine Meyer, whose two children were abducted by her former husband, describes her experience.

This week on the programme we spoke to Prof Hugh Pennington, professor of bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen, on whether scientific journals can publish details of mutant strains of the H5N1 virus for fear that the information might be used malevolently or as a biological weapon. Professor Paul Keim, chairman of US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (Nsabb), and Professor John Harris, professor of bioethics at the University of Manchester, discuss how sensitive research should be treated.

Today is the closing date of the consultation on Boundary Commission changes to the electoral map. Home affairs editor Mark Easton examines how Britain's demography has changed in the last decade and Trudi Elliott, chief executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute, examines whether we are prepared for the trends and changes that are happening in the UK.

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