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Monday 12 March 2012

ADMIN USE ONLY | 19:03 UK time, Monday, 12 March 2012

Seven water companies across drought-affected southern and eastern England are to introduce hosepipe bans after two unusually dry winters have left water levels a well below normal.

What is causing the drought, could it spread, and could the water companies have been better prepared to deal with its effects? Susan Watts will be reporting and in the studio we will be hearing from guests including a representative of Thames Water.

Mark Urban looks at the situation in Afghanistan in the wake of an attack on civilians by a US soldier based in Kandahar and in the studio we debate whether the war in Afghanistan has made Britain safer, as successive governments have claimed, or left us more vulnerable to attack.

We have more on the violence in Syria. Plus Stephen Smith has been to the Wedgwood Museum pottery collection in Stoke-on-Trent where time is running out for saving one of the most important ceramic collections in the world.

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