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Today: Thursday 19th April

Government lawyers are insisting that an appeal by Abu Qatada against his deportation was submitted to the European Court of Human Rights too late - Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke responds. And also on the programme, should the House of Lords move to Manchester?

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, on a possible alternative to credit ratings agencies which have been roundly criticised for their role in the financial crisis.


Efforts to deport the radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan have been thrown into doubt by a last-minute appeal lodged with The European Court of Human Rights. But there is a row over whether the appeal was lodged in time to be valid. Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, vice president of the Law Society and a human rights lawyer, talks about what this says about how the Home Office have handled the case.


Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel is one of the most sombre points in the calendar. This year has seen the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the young men who ran a football league in the ghetto of Theresienstadt in the Czech republic, who left a remarkable musical legacy. Kevin Connolly reports.

Business news with Simon Jack.


Researchers have found that transplanting light sensitive nerve cells from the eyes of healthy immature mice into mice with visual impairment can help restore their sight. Professor Robin Ali, of the Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London, led the research and outlines the findings.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.


Parents in London are learning today if their children have got a place in the primary school of their choice - around 6,000 of the 100,000 who applied will have failed to get into a single one of their preferred schools. Steph Neale, headteacher at Beatrix Potter Primary School South London, talks about the issues of oversubscribing in schools while David Simmonds, education spokesman at the Local Government Association, talks about the need to create more school places.

Paper review.


In 1937, three researchers began a project to study the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain with an organisation called Mass Observation. The project continued into the 1950s and was revived in the 1980s. To mark the 75th anniversary the Today programme will be running a series of reports on the contents of the project. In the first report, the BBC's Allan Little looks back at first days of Mass Observation.

Thought for the day with the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.


A former Labour minister has published a letter in the Spectator magazine suggesting that one way that the political class could help purge the London bias from its collective system is to move the House of Lords to Greater Manchester. Lord Adonis outlines the reasons behind his proposal while Conservative peer and former newspaper editor, Baroness Wheatcroft, shares her thoughts.


Government lawyers have written to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, insisting that an appeal lodged by the radical cleric, Abu Qatada, should not be heard - because it was submitted too late. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke gives his response.


Jess Thom, who has Tourette's Syndrome, founded website to celebrate the creativity and humour of those with the condition. She tells James Naughtie how her involuntary ticks play out in her day to day life.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.

India has successfully carried out the test firing of a rocket which could deliver nuclear warheads. The rocket has the range to reach major cities in China. Andrew North reports from Delhi, and Professor Rajaram Nagappa, missile expert from the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Banagalore, gives his analysis.

In a report by the Children's Society, government ministers are being warned their plans to simplify the welfare system may mean hundreds of thousands of England's poorest children lose their entitlement to free school meals. Enver Solomon, policy director at the Children's Society, outlines the main findings. Home Affairs editor Mark Easton explains how the government is coming across issues in trying to simplify the tax system.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A new report by the UK Energy Research Centre has emphasised the need to speed up research into ways of capturing and burying carbon dioxide released by power stations. Lead author of the report Professor Jim Watson, director of the Sussex Energy Group at the University of Sussex, outlines the findings of the report.

In the run up to the French presidential election has Nicolas Sarkozy suffered unfairly at the hands of a hostile media and intelligentsia? Paris Correspondent Hugh Schofield has been finding out.

The head of Syria's Olympics Committee, who has very close links with President Assad, has requested to attend the London 2012 Olympics. How should the UK react? Dr Martin Polley, a senior lecturer in sport at the University of Southampton, talks about the issues involved.

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