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The government is today announcing a public consultation on a minimum price per unit of alcohol in England and Wales. David Cameron receives the Leveson report on press standards today amid calls from MPs and peers not to introduce statutory controls on newspapers. And also on the programme, the thriving world of online dating - there are millions of us looking for love online.

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 Lesley Curwen on how to drum up more trade, to boost economic growth.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.


The Crown Prosecution Service says the former Liberal MP Cyril Smith should have been prosecuted for child abuse. Simon Danczuk, the Labour MP for Rochdale, explains why he has been pressing for a re-investigation.

The government is today announcing a public consultation on a minimum price per unit of alcohol in England and Wales. Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, and Dr Vivienne Nathanson, of the British Medical Association, analyse the effectiveness of a decision on the change.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

As Lord Justice Leveson reaches his conclusions on how regulation of the press needs to change, all the main parties are divided on the issues. The BBC's political correspondent Ben Wright reports.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

The Law Commission is today opening consultation on whether the existing law on contempt of court continues to work effectively. Professor David Ormerod, the law commissioner responsible for criminal law at the Law Commission and person overseeing contempt consultation, and Caroline Kean, a partner at the media law firm Wiggin, discuss whether the a reform is necessary.

The paper review.


It is 30 years since the creation of a piece of ground breaking technology that brought about a revolution in recorded music. It was called MIDI, or
Musical Instrument Digital Interface, and the Today programme's Tom Bateman has been discovering how modern popular music would be unrecognisable without it.

Thought for the Day with Lord Singh, director of the Network of Sikh organisations.


The Office of National Statistics is releasing a report later today showing the nature and extent of so called "under-employment" - a situation defined as where someone wants to work more hours than is usual or stated in their contract - up to 48 hours. Bill Cawley, part time cashier at a supermarket, and Felicity Hawksley, part time copywriter and self-employed campaign manager, explain their experiences of employment.


Police say Sir Cyril Smith, former MP, was a sex abuser of boys in the late 1960s. Vera Baird QC, who was solicitor general in the last Labour government, has just been elected as police and crime commissioner for Northumbria, and Alan Collins, from the law firm Pannone which represents men who say they were abused by Cyril Smith, examine the implications that this will have for historic cases.

The prime minister will receive a copy of the Leveson report today. The BBC political editor Nick Robinson outlines why the politics will be difficult when it is published tomorrow.

Aviation enthusiasts looking for 36 Spitfires which they believe to have been buried at an airfield in Burma in 1945 believed they have located them. David Cundall, a Lincolnshire farmer, has been on the quest for these planes for 16 years, and Dr Roger Clark, senior lecturer in geophysics at the University of Leeds, look at the significance of the discovery.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

The government is moving towards the minimum pricing of alcohol in England. A public consultation begins today, but ministers appear committed to the policy. Home Office minister Damien Green explains that the real argument is over the price - should it be 40p or 50p per unit?

Today new rules are announced to limit the impact of so called "chuggers", or street fundraisers, on England's high streets. Sally de la Bedoyere, chief executive of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, and Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity Sane, discuss the impact of the new legislation.


Business news with Lesley Curwen. Why the investor Warren Buffett is "more bullish than ever".

The Hotol project - an acronym from "horizontal take off and landing" - from the 1980s envisaged a space plane that could use normal runways but travel extraordinarily fast. It all collapsed because of a cooling problem. But now it is back. A British company, Reaction Engines, thinks it has solved the problem. Alan Bond, the man who came up with the idea on which the design is based, explains.

The planning minister Nick Boles has suggested that the amount of the developed land should increase by up to third to solve the housing crisis. He argues that owning a decent home is a "moral right" and people must realise that good developments could be as attractive as open countryside. The comments, in an interview with BBC's Newsnight due to be aired tonight, will infuriate campaigners fighting government efforts to loosen the planning system. Ben Cowell from the National Trust, comments.

It seems that Britain is the European capital of online dating as 9m of us use the internet to meet a mate. Henning Wiechers, the chief executive of metaflake who carried out the survey that found this out, and Hadley Freeman, Guardian columnist, discuss online dating.

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