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Today: Thursday 5th July

The Defence Secretary is to reveal which units will be affected by plans to reduce the size of the army by a fifth. Independent inspectors say the Border Agency does not know the whereabouts of at least 150,000 migrants who have been refused permission to stay in Britain. And also on the programme, the tallest building in Britain and in Western Europe, the Shard, is inaugurated today.

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 what impact the Libor scandal is having on the City of London.

The army is facing cuts equivalent to a fifth of its size. Professor Michael Clarke, director of the Royal United Services Institute, gives his thoughts.


A correspondent from a Syrian government affiliated TV channel has just defected to join the opposition activists. Ghatan Sleiba met with the BBC's James Reynolds near Turkey's border with Syria and provided some insights into how the government controls the media's message.


The Crown Prosecution Service has issued new guidance to prosecutors on the issue of whether charges of rape should be pressed when they are linked to a murder. Keir Starmer, director of public prosecutions in England and Wales, explains why these new measures have been put in place.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The final report into the crash three years ago of Air France flight 447 from Rio to Paris in which 228 people perished is due today. M. R. Hall, a novelist and screenwriter who has carried out research into the crash and other air disasters, explains why this remains one of the most mysterious airline crashes in history.

Sport news with Chris Dennis.


The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has spotted a new pool of more than 150,000 people who are not meant to be here, but who are not being dealt with. John Vine, the chief inspector, explains the issue.

The paper review.


What does the discovery of the Higgs boson really mean? The Today programme's Tom Feilden looks back at a truly momentous day, and ahead to what happens next.

Thought for the Day with the writer Rhidian Brook.


The number of children who are going to charities to ask for food has grown significantly over the last year, according to the charity Kids Company. Philippa Thomas reports from a local crisis centre in Camberwell, South London, and the founder of Netmums Siobhan Freegard and John Vincent who co-founded the Leon chain of restaurants in London, discuss the problem.


The Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, will announce at lunchtime which units will be scrapped or merged as part of plans to reduce the army by 20,000 over the next eight years. The BBC's Jonathan Beale has more details and General Lord Dannatt explains why he believes this is a risky strategy.

MPs will vote today on what kind of inquiry into banking should be held following the Libor scandal. Political editor Nick Robinson reports.


The tallest building in Britain and in Western Europe, the Shard, is being inaugurated in London today and it will only have 48 car-parking spaces. Will Gompertz reports and former mayor of London Ken Livingstone, and David Burney, commissioner of New York City's department of design and construction, discuss whether modern architecture and design can encourage the use of public transport.

Sport news with Chris Dennis.

Three local authorities say they are "extremely" concerned by the long waiting lists and poor record keeping of Imperial College Healthcare which runs four big hospitals in London. Councillor Sarah Richardson, chairman of the Health Policy Scrutiny Committee of Westminster Council, gives her reaction to the issue.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Francois Hollande, the French president, is proposing extra taxes on foreign owned second homes. Solicitor Graeme Perry explains how this will affect the 200 000 British people who have holiday homes in France

GlaxoSmithKline is to pay the equivalent of £1.9bn in the largest healthcare fraud settlement in US history after admitting to promoting two antidepressants for unapproved uses. Dr Ben Goldacre, who writes the Bad Science column for the Guardian, shares his thoughts on the issue.

Subsidies for onshore windfarms are to be cut but the issue of how much is dividing the coalition. Chris Heaton Harris MP, who is co-ordinating a backbenchers' campaign to cut windfarm subsidies, and Gaynor Hartnell, chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association, debate.

Bob Diamond has been criticised for referring to his interrogators by their first names at his appearance before MPs at the Treasury Select committee yesterday. Catherine Mayer, of Time magazine, and Labour MP Frank Dobson, discuss Mr Diamond's informal manners.

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