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Today: Wednesday 4th April

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, says he won't back government plans to hold more court cases in secret. The crew of a cargo ship have been winched to safety in a dramatic rescue off the North Wales coast. And also on the programme, are pot plants in the office worth the money?

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Business news with Simon Jack on Big Society Capital - a new financial organisation being launched by the government to help finance charities and community groups.


A joint committee of the parliament has strongly rejected the proposals put forward by the government in its Security and Justice Green paper, to allow more court hearings and inquests to be held in secret, arguing they are unfair and unnecessary. Baroness Berridge, Conservative member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, outlines the committee's concerns.

A rescue operation has been successfully completed around after a cargo ship ran aground off the coast of Wales in rough seas. Ray Carson from Holyhead Coastguard, describes what happened.

Business news with Simon Jack.


A new paper in the Royal College of Surgeons' Dental Journal says that dentists should lead the way on fighting alcoholism as they are the only regular contact with the NHS that many people have. Professor Jonathan Shepherd, professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Cardiff University, goes through the main findings.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

With less than three weeks to go before the first round of the French presidential election, Nicolas Sarkozy, who is running for another term, is facing the political fight of his life. He looks set to go through to a second, run-off round in early May against the Socialist Francois Hollande but has been consistently behind in the polls. Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports.


Nick Clegg has signalled a possible retreat on the government's plans to update the law on electronic surveillance. Greg Mulholland MP, chair of the Liberal Democrat Backbench Group, explains why he was one of 16 Lib Dem MPs who signed an open letter to the Guardian outlining their opposition to the proposals.

The paper review.

Mammoth hunters have found an unusually well-preserved 10,000 year old mammoth in Northern Siberia. Professor Adrian Lister, palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum, reflects on the significance of such a find. Watch more here.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly.

A county council's decision that 10 libraries should be run by volunteers has been ruled procedurally flawed and unlawful. Tony Durcan, head of libraries for Newcastle City Council and a former president of the Society of Chief Librarians, discusses if voluntary libraries are the service of the future.


The coalition government came into power pledging to make the UK more open and more democratic but this week it has been criticised for plans to introduce electronic surveillance and of stifling open justice by the Joint Committee on Human Rights. Security correspondent Gordon Corera explains the background while Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke responds.

Figures released this week show the Ministry of Justice spent £14,000 on potted plants in its offices in a single year. Kenneth Freeman, technical director for indoor plant firm Ambius, and chair of the European Federation of Interior Landscaping Groups, outlines how greenery in the work place affects behaviour.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The new Big Society bank, which is capitalised with £600m, is expected to open for business and has been created by the government to lend money to charities and community groups. Mark Easton has the details on how this fits into the government's vision while Sir Ronald Cohen, chairman of Big Society Capital, outlines how it will work.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The US Federal Court in Boston is due to hear an appeal by a group of journalists and academics about a ruling that Boston College hand over tapes recorded with former IRA members as part of an oral history project. Ireland correspondent Andy Martin reports from Boston.

Around 10,000 homes in the north-east suffered power cuts last night because of problems caused by the wintry weather last night. The BBC's Newcastle reporter Colin Briggs has the details.

The Law Commissions for England, Wales and Scotland have published a report detailing more than 800 laws they propose should be abolished as part of a legislative tidying-up exercise, including a 1696 act to fund the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral after the Great Fire of 1666. John Saunders, head of the Law Commission's statute law repeals team, explains what they are hoping to do.


A new exhibition opening today at Hampton Court Palace which examines the brief age of decadence, elegance and sexual liberation which followed the Restoration of the Stuart dynasty under Charles II. Lucy Worsley, chief curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, describes the exhibition.

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