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Today: Monday 16th July

More than £9bn is to be spent improving the rail network as part of a government attempt to boost the economy. Following the G4S scandal last week, just how much of our public services are run by private companies? Also on today's programme, Sir Elton John on the fight against Aids and why he believes it is time to get rid of TV talent shows.

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, discussing the extent to which Nick Buckles, boss of embattled private security firm G4S, risks losing his position at the company.


More than £9bn will be spent to improve the rail network in an attempt to boost the economy, the government has announced. Professor Stuart Cole, former special government advisor on transport, and Maria Eagle, shadow secretary of state for transport, whether the announcement is a good idea.

Business news with Simon Jack.

BBC correspondent Stephen Sackur reports from San Pedro Sula, the most violent city in Honduras. This is a country which, according to the UN, has the highest per capita murder rate in the world.


The number of men going into primary schools as teachers has increased by more than 50% in the last four years and is now at a record level, according to the Teaching Agency. Stephen Hill, deputy head of St Joseph's Roman Catholic primary in Shaw in Oldham, explains why there has been such an increase in male primary school teachers.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


The world's largest security firm G4S has admitted that it cannot supply all of the 10,000 security staff it is contracted to provide for the Olympics. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge explains how outsourcing business is growing and how accountable the companies are. Andrew Haldenby, director of the think tank Reform, and Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, debate the issue of private companies running public services.

The paper review.

Buried under the ground at Tate Modern are three vast concrete oil tanks which is becoming a big new space for performance art. Tate director Nicholas Serota has more details.

Thought for the day with Clifford Longley.

Thousands of NHS doctors and nurses would be sacked if they didn't agree to drastic changes to their contracts in 19 hospitals in the south west of England, it has been reported. Nigel Edwards, from the health think tank the Kings Fund, and Christina McAnea, head of health at Unison, discuss the issue.


Transport Secretary Justine Greening explains government plans to spend more than £9bn on improving the rail network to boost the economy.

Sir Elton John speaks to the BBC's Rebecca Jones on the fight against AIDS and why he believes it is time to get rid of TV talent shows.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


A coroner has ruled neglect by medical staff contributed to the death of a man who died from dehydration while in hospital as a patient. Kane Gorny's mother Rita Cronin explains why she wants a corporate case brought against the hospital trust, which has apologised.

Business news with Simon Jack.


Around 40% of female police officers are so disillusioned with their jobs that they have seriously considered quitting, according to a survey of all women police in England and Wales. Lord Stevens, the former Metropolitan Police commissioner who published the results, and PC Julie Nesbit, who helped carry out the survey, discuss the issue.


The organisers of Bruce Springsteen's concert in Hyde Park turned off the sound in the middle of a performance with Paul McCartney because they had gone beyond the 1030pm curfew set by Westminster City Council. Neil McCormack, rock critic for the Daily Telegraph, and Rob DaBank, Radio 1 DJ and festival organiser, debate the problem of gig curfews.

Matthew d'Ancona, of the Sunday Telegraph, and Steve Richards, of the Independent, debate the future of the coalition following the Lords reform debacle.

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