The Care Quality Commission says a government order to spot check abortion clinics has led to the cancellation of hundreds of planned inspections. Twenty million people are facing water restrictions as a hosepipe ban comes into force across eastern and southern England. And we are launching a competition to mark our return to Broadcasting House in London later this year - by asking you to design a radio that will be manufactured as a special edition and sold to raise money for Children in Need.
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The health regulator, the Care Quality Commission, says that the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley's request that they urgently inspect around 300 abortion clinics cost £1m pounds, meaning they had to cancel nearly 600 other inspections, affecting their annual targets. So why did the Mr Lansley ask them to go to so much trouble at such short notice? A senior Liberal Democrat believes it was to generate positive headlines. The Labour shadow health secretary Andy Burnham, comments.
0714 More than 2,000 homes and businesses are still without power this morning after snow and high winds brought down power lines. County Durham and North Yorkshire are the worst affected areas. Northern Powergrid say the have been working through the night to restore supplies. Their commercial director John Barnet outlines the current situation.
0716 Business news with Simon Jack.
A new exhibition of Henry Moore's sculpture opens today, celebrating the sculptor's perhaps less well documented obsession with science and the precise mathematics of geometric form. Our science correspondent Tom Feilden has been to see Intersections which begins today at the Royal Society and the Science Museum.
0722 More than half of all secondary schools in England are either now academies or have applied to become so. They account for 1630 of all 3000 secondary schools in England. And yet a couple of years ago only 203 were academies. The Royal Society for the Arts and Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning have set up a commission to look at the effect of this "mass academisation" to see if it is improving education. Professor Becky Francis, who is leading the commission, outlines its aims.
0726 Sports news with Garry Richardson.
Today see changes to the tax regime. The government claims that fifteen times as many people will gain rather than lose from the coming changes; Labour says that the changes to working tax credit will mean that more than
200,000 families could lose out if they can't increase the number of hours worked. The shadow chancellor Ed Balls and the Treasury Chief Secretary, Danny Alexander, present their cases.
0744 The paper review.
This programme is planning to mark our move back to the new Broadcasting House in central London later this year by producing a limited edition, specially designed digital radio which is going to be sold to raise money for Children in Need. You can get a full design brief and terms and conditions by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org but to get you started and to get the inspirational juices flowing, we sent Nicola Stanbridge to see one of the largest private collections of radios in the country.
0752 Thought for the Day with The Rev Dr Michael Banner, Dean and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
0755 From today if you use a hosepipe anywhere in southern or eastern England you could be fined up to £1000. The ban comes into force after the driest two years since records began. Richard Aylard is from Thames Water.
The health regulator, the Care Quality Commission, says that the Health secretary Andrew Lansley's request that they urgently inspect around 300 abortion clinics cost a million pounds, meant they had to cancel nearly 600 other inspections, and will affect their annual targets. So why did the health secretary ask them to go to so much trouble at such short notice? Andy Burnham his labour shadow told us an hour ago that it was hard not to conclude that Mr Lansley was "chasing headlines" and "desperately trying to get on the front foot" at a time when his controversial health reforms were going through parliament. Sanchia Berg reports.
Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, has announced an easing of sanctions against Burma following the by-elections on Sunday, most of which were won by Aung San Suu Kyi's party the National League for Democracy. The poll followed six months of reforms by the country's once reviled government which have included the release of many political prisoners, relaxations on media censorship and peace deals with several ethnic rebel groups. But will these reforms continue? In his latest report from the country our correspondent Mike Thomson has been granted a rare interview with a monk who co-led the so-called "Saffron revolution" of 2007.
0829 Sports news with Garry Richardson.
0835 Tthe UN estimates that 850 million people go to bed hungry at night, perhaps one in eight of the world's population. A two-day summit in Nairobi is trying to address the problem, and this morning we spoke to the UN special rapporteur Olivier de Schutter about what he hoped might be achieved.
Is it possible to chalk up billions in UK sales without paying any corporation tax? Last year Amazon sold £3.3bn worth of goods in the UK and allegedly paid no corporation tax - because it is based in Luxembourg. HMRC will not confirm or deny it is looking onto this and Amazon says it "serves tens of millions of customers throughout Europe from a single European headquarters in Luxembourg". Tax Research UK's Richard Murphy explains his concerns about the current regime.
0843 Tomorrow it will be 20 years since the start of the war in Bosnia. The LA Times correspondent Barbara Demick won awards for her coverage of the conflict. She's now written a book called Besieged: Life Under Fire on a Sarajevo Street and joins us from the city.
0847 The rescue of seven men from the grounded ship the MV Carrier near Colwyn Bay in north Wales was successful, after a difficult and dangerous operation. But now the ship needs to be drained of 40,000 litres of fuel and that is not easy either. John Noble is a former manager - recently retired - of the International Salvage Union.
0849 The European Union's economists this week said that Portugal is making great progress in its reform programme. It's designed to bring down the country's huge debt, and put it on a stable footing for the future. "Progress" however is not what it feels like to many Portuguese, as our Europe correspondent Matthew Price has been finding out.
0854 The growth of academies in the school system in England has been dramatic. The Royal Society of Arts and the Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning has set up a commission to try to assess the change: has it been as good as the supporters insists it is? Have the critics been proved right or wrong? Melissa Benn, author of School Wars - the Battle for Britain's Education and Bill Watkin, is operational director for academies at The School Network, a not-for-profit organisation that works with schools and academies, debate.
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