The Ministry of Defence has confirmed how much it has spent on the failed attempt to part-privatise its defence procurement arm.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is about to announce he is scrapping plans to privatise the government body which buys defence equipment.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has denied claims that his welfare reform programme is a "debacle".
The Government is aiming to "roll out" a scan for Alzheimer's disease across the NHS "as quickly as possible", the health secretary told Daybreak.
Jeremy Hunt said the department of health wanted to see "two thirds of people" who suffer from dementia to be diagnosed "by the end of this Parliament".
"The main thing that is exciting about this, is that it is a real palava getting a dementia diagnosis because you have to do these memory tests and people's memories does start to go a bit in old age."
An Alzheimer's scan which will be introduced on the NHS is a "big step forward", according to an industry expert.
However, Alzheimer's Society Chief Executive Jeremy Hughes warned the scan would not be immediately widely available.
"One hospital doing one scan today does not mean it is available across the NHS.
"And the biggest problem we have is still the fear that people have of dementia. They don't even go to the doctor to talk about it and we need to change that."
Offenders receiving a community sentence should not feel "like they have got off the hook", the justice minister has said.
Jeremy Wright defended the decision to implement specific punishments, like curfews and unpaid work, across all community service sentences.
– Justice minister Jeremy Wright
Hard-working taxpayers expect those convicted of committing crime to be punished accordingly.Victims must be confident that offenders will pay a price for their crimes, which is why we are toughening up community sentences.
Offenders should not leave court feeling like they have got off the hook after receiving a community sentence.
Restorative justice, where the criminal meets and apologises to the victim in person, are to be included in new guidelines for community sentencing, the Government has announced.
This means of punishment was found to reduce the reoffending rate by 14%.
The tougher guidelines will include:
- Deferred sentence so a restorative justice activity can take place.
- The £5,000 limit on compensation limits will be lifted so magistrates can set the level they see fit.
Community sentencing will be toughened up and include specific punishments like curfews and unpaid work, the Ministry of Justices (MoJ) is expected to announce later today.
Around 40,000 offenders are given a community service every year and the Government says taxpayers expect them to be "punished accordingly".
However, campaigners say community sentences are meant to be flexible so magistrates and judges can take the defendants motivation into account.
Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said:"The reason community sentences work so much better than short-term prison sentences is that they can be tailored to the reasons why someone is committing crime.
"Ministers are wrong to force magistrates and judges to impose something punitive even in cases where measures such as drug treatment is more appropriate."
Industry experts praised David Cameron's plans to double funding into dementia research, with one charity hoping it would "set a good example" across the international community.
Chief executive of Alzheimer's Research UK, Hilary Evans
– Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Research UK, Hilary Evans
We boast some of the world's leading scientists in dementia, and these announcements are a clear backing of their crucial work - this support must continue.
We hope this package of announcements will set a good example to other G8 nations to galvanise international research efforts.
The Prime Minister is expected to announce plans to double Government funding of dementia research in his keynote speech at the first G8 dementia summit later today.
David Cameron also wants to see a similar level of investment from the private and charitable sectors.
- Government investment will double from £66 million to £122 million in 2025.
- A newly established UK Dementia Platform will allow different research teams across the country to share data in order to increase the scale and scope of their work.
- The Medical Research Council is channelling £50 million into dementia research over the next five years.
The Prime Minister is expected to agree to measures designed to boost research into dementia, such as international information-sharing, in a speech at a G8 summit later today.
Britain is hosting the international dementia summit in which David Cameron will give the keynote address.
He is expected to stress the importance of achieving scientific breakthroughs in order to slow down, or even prevent, the onset of the debilitating brain condition, now believed to afflict 36 million people around the world.
The Conservative leader will also focus on the role life sciences plays in the British economy, with GSK announcing £200 million of investment at its manufacturing plants at Ware, Hertfordshire, and Worthing, Sussex, and UCB announcing a further £3 million.
The Ministry of Defence has said the analysis into scrapping plans to privatise the government body which buys defence equipment provided "invaluable insight".
An MoD spokesperson said the amount spent represents "a very small proportion" of the £14b DE&S budget.
– Ministry of Defence
We have invested in detailed analysis to not only fully understand the problems in DE&S but thoroughly scrutinise the various options for how to improve the complex defence procurement process.
This analysis has provided invaluable insight that will help to deliver long term savings as we transition to a new organisation.
The Prime Minister has admitted that he is on "Team Nigella", after intimate details of the celebrity cook's personal life and her former marriage to Charles Saatchi were revealed in a high-profile court case.
In an interview with The Spectator, Mr Cameron was asked if he was on Team Nigella: "I am," he said. "I’m a massive fan, I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting her a couple of times and she always strikes me as a very funny and warm person, but I’m also an amateur cook and I like like her recipes."
The prime minister added that he and his nine-year-old daughter Nancy "sometimes watch a bit of Nigella on telly. Not in court, I hasten to add."