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Today: Wednesday 13th June

Housing minister Grant Shapps discusses the new figures on affordable homes being built which, according to him show a "rapid and dramatic" increase in number. The unity of the coalition government will be tested today in a vote on whether the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, should be investigated over allegations that he breached the ministerial code. And also on today's programme, how a single mother took on a gang in South London - and won.

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 advertising giant WPP that is holding its AGM today.

The information watchdog is re-opening its investigation into Google's admission that it gathered tons of data from private laptops without the users' knowledge. Peter Barron, Google's director of external affairs, gives his explanation on the issue.


The government wants the law strengthened so that children whose parents have separated get to have a proper relationship with each parent. Liz Trinder, from the University of Exeter who opposes the propositions, and the children's minister Tim Loughton, debate the issue.

Business news with Simon Jack.

It will be confirmed by two water companies in the south of England today that they will lift their hosepipe ban. Richard Aylard, Thames Water's director of sustainability, explains whether this means the end of the drought.

Leaders of what were once the two main parties in Greece have warned that a vote for the radical left in Sunday's general election could spell disaster for the country and mean leaving the eurozone. Chris Morris reports from Athens where the traditional parties are on the defensive.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.


MPs will vote today on whether there should be an investigation into the way the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt handled the bid by News Corp to take over BSkyB. Liberal Democratic MP Don Foster and Tory MP Louise Mensch, debate whether the Lib Dem's abstinence in the vote will be damaging for the coalition.

The paper review.

"Contemporary History" has become increasingly popular, with some school history lessons including events from the last decade. The Historian Peter Hennessy gives his view on whether it is possible to write a truly objective history of our own times.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich.

The outgoing chief executive of the Financial Services Authority Hector Sants speaks to the BBC's business editor Robert Peston.

Housing minister Grant Shapps discusses the new figures on affordable homes being built which, according to him show a "rapid and dramatic" increase in number.

Nick Robinson gives his analysis ahead of today's Commons vote on Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt's handling of the BSkyB bid.


A man who has been playing the computer game Civilisation II for ten years describes the year 3991 AD as a hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation. Dr Jo Twist, of the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment, and Daniel Knowles, from the Telegraph and a fan of the game, discuss whether the game is a dark dystopian predictor of our own future as a race or a spectacular waste of time.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.


Andrew Hosken spoke to Mimi Asher, a single mother who took on and won over a notorious local gang threatening to destroy her family.

The British Ambassador to Libya, Dominic Asquith, was attacked on Monday when his convoy was targeted with an RPG round which severely injured two bodyguards. Justin Webb speaks to him about the attack and about the wider picture of post-Gaddafi Libya.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The BBC's Caroline Wyatt reports on the anniversary today of 30 years since the UK retook the Falkland Islands. Max Hastings, who was the first Briton into Port Stanley after the liberation, remembers the historic day.


Country Life has produced a new book based on archives which tracks the evolution of the English gentleman. Rupert Uloth, deputy editor of Country Life, and cricket commentator Henry Blofeld, discuss what makes a modern gentleman.

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