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Wednesday, 30 November, 2005

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From programme producer, Liz Gibbons

Tonight, we'll bring you two major stories.

We'll devote most of the programme to Lord Turner's report on the future of pensions - the sixth report of its kind since 1997.

If implemented it will mean many of us would have to wait longer until we can retire. Lord Turner proposed raising the state pension age to 66 by 2030. By 2050, it could be as high as 69.

This would pay for an eventual boost in the value of the basic state pension - which would rise in line with earnings.

Lord Turner has also proposed the creation of a National Pension Savings Scheme - which employers and workers would contribute to.

Stephanie Flanders and Paul Mason will be finding out if Turner's solution CAN solve the problem of an ageing population saving less than it needs to for retirement. And they will ask who will have to pay, and how much.

Martha Kearney is finding out what the chances are of any or all of the report being implemented by a Blair, Brown, or for that matter a Cameron or Davis government.

We'll speak to Lord Turner live, and to the Work and Pensions Secretary, John Hutton.

Also tonight, we have an exclusive interview with Judith Miller, the journalist at the heart of a scandal which goes to the top of the Bush White House.

Until recently a reporter with the New York Times, she spent nearly three months in jail for refusing to tell a US federal grand jury who had revealed to her the name of a CIA agent Valerie Plame.

It turns out the man who allegedly revealed the agent's identity was Vice President Dick Cheney's then chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Gavin Esler has been to meet Judith Miller, and asked her whether she was prepared to name her source.

Do join Jeremy at 10.30pm.

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