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Today: Wednesday 16th January

Traces of horse meat have been found in burgers on sale in some of the UK and Ireland's major supermarkets. A group of Conservative MPs is urging David Cameron to demand that the EU hand back substantial powers to national governments. And also on the programme, is it time for the best women cricketers to play alongside men in the professional game?

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 news that leak on a North Sea oil platform has forced the shutdown of a pipeline which handles production from more than 20 other fields.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

There has been a serious oil leak at a platform in the North Sea. Scotland correspondent Colin Blane explains that it is not getting into the sea, but it is badly disrupting production in the whole Brent field.

Investigations are underway to find out how beef burgers were contaminated with horsemeat. In one sample from Tesco, horsemeat accounted for nearly 30% of the meat content. The BBC's Richard Lister hears from Tim Smith from Tesco who says that the supermarket has withdrawn the products from sale.

Business news with Simon Jack


Japan's two biggest airlines have grounded all their new Boeing 787 aircraft - known as the Dreamliner - after one had to make an emergency landing. The BBC's Rupert Wingfield Hayes reports from Tokyo.


Yesterday the Today programme heard Nick Herbert explore how he thinks the Civil Service needs to change in culture and today the programme hears a response from someone who represents Civil Servants and someone who is in charge of Civil Servants. Dave Penman, general secretary of the FDA, and Frances Maude MP, Cabinet Office Minister, analysed the current status and the future of the Civil Service.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Conservative group, the Fresh Start Project, will publish its Manifesto For Change detailing the powers that it believes Britain should aim to repatriate from the EU. Andrea Leadsom, co-founder of the Conservative Fresh Start Group, and Carl Gardner, former government lawyer who worked on the European constitution negotiations, debate Britain's place in the EU.

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England women's wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor has revealed she is in talks over a potentially pioneering move that could see her play for Sussex's Mens' second XI side this summer. Mark Alleyne, Marylebone Cricket Club's (MCC) head coach, and Baroness Heyhoe Flint, a former England captain and one of the first ten women admitted to the MCC, discuss the significance of ms Taylor's potential move.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Lucy Winkett, rector of St James Piccadilly.

Michael Gove must reveal the names, location and religious affiliation, if any, of all those organisations that apply to join the government's free schools programme, a tribunal has ruled. Andrew Copson, chief executive of the British Humanist Association, and Natalie Evans, director of the New Schools Network, discuss the importance of the information that is being released.


Horse DNA has been found in some beef burgers being sold in UK and Irish supermarkets, the Republic of Ireland's food safety authority (FSAI) has said. The FSAI said the meat came from two processing plants in Ireland, Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods, and the Dalepak Hambleton plant in Yorkshire.


The latest step towards possible independence for Scotland was taken yesterday: Westminster passed legislation allowing the Scottish government to hold a referendum on independence next year. Alex Salmond, First Minister for Scotland, outlines his position on the future of Scottish governance.

Like language, manners is a subject we care about deeply and about which we have strong views. Henry Hitchings the author of a new book, Sorry!, an investigation of English manners, examines why do we do what we do and where the norms of polite behaviour actually come from.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Large parts of Syria's second city are now held by the rebels. The government claims it still has full control of the capital, Damascus, but as the BBC's Lyse Doucet has been finding out, some parts of the capital do now appear to be fully in opposition hands.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson gives his analysis on the future of the Civil Service.

Relations between the Canadian government and its million-strong indigenous population appear to be at something of a crossroads. Today, native protesters have promised direct action, blocking highways and bridges, and as Lee Carter reports from Toronto, divisions among leaders are making future relations uncertain.


It is the 150 anniversary of the FA today David Bernstein, chairman of the Football Association discusses the state and strength of the organisation.

An e-cigarette company is set to test the UK's almost 50-year ban on promoting smoking on TV, with a controversial advertising campaign telling smokers of the virtues of puffing on a product that uses nicotine. Adrian Everett, group chief executive E-Lites, and Allyson Stewart-Allen, managing director of International Marketing Partners and a branding expert, look ahead to the launch a national TV advertising campaign on Saturday, 19 January.

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