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Today: Tuesday 29th May

The government has scaled back plans to hold more court cases in private. Ministers have defended their decision to scrap the "pasty tax". And also on Today's programme, the composer Debbie Wiseman on her interpretation of Handel for the Queens Diamond Jubilee pageant.

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 the news that Spain's stock market fell to a nine-year low as government borrowing costs soared again.


The government's plans to allow secret proceedings in some civil court cases are to be made public. Lord Macdonald, former Director of Public Prosecutions, gives his view on the changes.

Middle East commentator Hazhir Teimourian gives his view on the danger of civil war in Syria.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Farmers are growing more oil seed rape than ever before. The BBC's Fiona Trott reports from a yellow field in Northumberland to find out why.

A new report shows that charities are struggling to cope with government cuts to local councils. As political correspondent Iain Watson reports, charities are trying to cope with less money and more bureaucracy.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.


The BBC has learnt that the government is on the brink of making two budget u-turns on the so-called "pasty tax" and caravan tax. Stephen Gilbert MP explains why he has been leading the charge to find an alternative.

The paper review.


The FA has voted that from 2014 younger children must play in sides with fewer players and on smaller pitches, partly in order to encourage the kind of skills that eventually make an impact in the senior game. Les Howie, head of Grassroots coaching at the FA and football manager Dave Bassett discuss the changes.

Thought for the day with Akhandadhi Das - a Vaishnav Hindu teacher and theologian.


A new report by the Office for Fair Trading reveals that half a million people a year may have unnecessarily paid for private dental treatment after being misinformed by their dentist about NHS entitlements. John Fingleton, OFT chief executive, and Dr John Milne, chair of BDA's General Dental Practise Committee, debate the issue.


The government has scaled back plans to hold more court cases in private. Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke explains why he has brought in these changes.


On Sunday, ten film composers are collaborating on a special piece of music inspired by Handel's Water Music which will be performed at a flotilla as part of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Writer and musician Michael Bywater and film composer Debbie Wiseman discuss what historical precedents there are for composers writing new music for royal occasions.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.


Two reports are presenting rather different approaches to tackle child poverty in the UK. David Bull, Executive Director of Unicef UK, and Christian Guy from the Centre for Social Justice, debate their different approaches to the issue.

Chief Dental Officer Barry Cockcroft gives his view on the news that half a million people may be unnecessarily paying for private dental treatment.

Ken Segall, former creative director at Apple, speaks to Simon Jack about his time at the company and Steve Jobs' legacy

The aim of the euro was to bring the countries of Europe closer together after the war, but it doesn't seem to be working out like that. Steve Evans reports on the tense relationship between Greece and Germany.

Ahmed Shafiq, one of the presidential candidates in next month's election run-off in Egypt, has had his campaign HQ ransacked. The BBC's Jon Leyne has the details.

The Guardian's security editor Richard Norton-Taylor and Professor Anthony Gleese from the University of Buckingham discuss the news that the government is dropping plans to allow some inquests to be held in secret and the impact this could have on the sharing of intelligence between the US and Britain.



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