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Tue 16 Dec 2014 06:00

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MPs are looking into the way smaller lotteries operate. They are investigating how much of ticket sales go to the charity it’s supposed to be helping. Grant Baskerville is from the Lotteries Council. Karl Wilding is the director of public policy at the National Council of Volunteer Organisations.


The Government will on Tuesday set out its proposals for introducing English votes for English laws. The Prime Minister promised in the wake of the Scottish independence referendum to ensure English MPS have a bigger say over English laws. John Curtice is professor of politics at the University of Strathclyd.


The Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that the lone gunman behind the fatal Sydney café siege was well known to the authorities because of his long history of violent crime, infatuation with extremism and mental instability. More details are also emerging of those killed in the siege. Manny Conditsis is former lawyer of Man Haron Monis.


Some Ambulance services in England have been dealing with an unprecedented level of demand over the weekend, putting extreme strain on their services. The NHS may not yet be in full blown 'winter crisis' but there's no doubt it's dealing with extremely high levels of demand. On Friday it emerged that visits to A&E topped 436,000 in the previous week – nearly 30,000 more than the same week the prior year. What’s the cause? Steve Hynes is head of service for the Greater Manchester Area of the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.


The plunging price of oil is having a big effect on the Russian economy. On Monday the rouble fell 10% against the dollar, its worst day for more than fifteen years.  The central bank in Moscow has had to push interest rates up to 17%, the second rise in a week. Dr Samuel Greene is director of the Russia Institute at King's College London. Sir Edward Leigh is a Conservative MP who takes a particular interest in Russia.


It's been a big year for Paddington bear. He's been a fixture on the bestsellers' lists for more than half a century and this year, not only has another book been published, 'Love from Paddington', but they've made a film about him too. Michael Bond is Paddington’s creator. 


Further analysis of English votes for English laws (see 0710). Lord Prescott is the former Deputy Prime Minister.

Now in her early 80s, Joan Bakewell says that dementia is a matter of particular concern for her – as it’s apparently on the increase among those in her generation and there’s no cure. In a documentary to be broadcast on Tuesday evening on Radio 4 at 8pm, Joan Bakewell explores the issue and asks: “Suppose I lose it?”, the programme features Prunella Scales and her husband Timothy West.  


Further analysis of strained ambulance services (see 0725). Dr Antony Marsh is chairman of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives. Dr Clifford Mann is the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.


The Cell Therapy Catapult is announcing on Tuesday it is funding the first gene therapy treatment on a patient with Leukaemia.  The project is significant as the treatment has the potential to eventually treat cancer by replacing chemotherapy. Keith Thompson is chief executive of The Cell Therapy Catapult.


Brighton and Hove Council is lobbying the government to exempt it from the Right to Buy scheme.  Its main argument is, of the 6,000 council homes sold under Right to Buy, more than 1,000 are now being used for private tenants. The government has told us it has no plans to change what is a national policy.  Since the Coalition increased the discount offer to tenants there has been a fivefold increase in the last year in the number of people purchasing their homes. Bill Randall is a Green Party Councillor and chairman of the Housing Committee on the Brighton and Hove City Council. Adam Memon is the head of economic research at the Centre for Policy Studies.

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