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Today: Saturday 6th October

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said that he is in favour of decreasing the time limit for abortions from 24 weeks to12. The radical Muslim cleric, Abu Hamza, is due to arrive in the US shortly, after taking eight years to extradite him. The long-lost works of the Dam Busters' composer Eric Coates, performed again in his home town. And the old jokes are supposed to be the best, but is it wise to revive classic comedy shows?

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The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he still favours a dramatic reduction in the time limit for abortion, from 24 to 12 weeks. In an interview in The Times he said that any change in the law would be by a fee vote in parliament. Our correspondent Dominic Hughes tells us more.

Abu Hamza has been flown out of Britain. The BBC's Danny Shaw reports.

The trial of the Pope's former butler, accused of stealing private papers from the Vatican, is expected to conclude today. Alan Johnston is our Rome correspondent.

Forty-five Conservative MPs have written to the prime minister to voice their concerns about a planned merger between the defence firm BAe Systems and the European aerospace group EADS. Theo Legett, the BBC's business reporter and Ben Wallace, Conservative MP for Wyre and Preston North, analyse the merger's meaning.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin turns 60 on Sunday. Despite nearly a year of anti-government protests, particularly in Moscow, he remains Russia's most powerful politician. That is in contrast to the man he replaced in the Kremlin earlier this year, Dmitry Medvedev. Since switching from the presidency to become prime minister, Mr Medvedev has seen many of his reforms reversed by President Putin. Our Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg reports.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The EU budget planned from 2013 is up by 6.8% to about £824bn, but seven net-contributor countries, including Britain, France and Germany believe it is too high. Patrizio Fiorilli, speaks for the European Commission on financial planning and the budget.

Previously unheard songs by the composer Eric Coates, will be performed in his birthtown of Hucknall in Nottinghamshire after they were donated to the Eric Coates Society by a Devon woman who inherited them from her mother. All three songs Love's Philosophy, To A Maiden and Tit for Tat - were written between 1906-07 before the composer studied at the Royal Academy of Music. The Dam Busters March, used as the theme for the 1955 film, has since achieved iconic status, being regularly performed at military events. Peter Butler, secretary of the Eric Coates Society, explains the significance of the discovery.


Abu Hamza was extradited to America at midnight last night. It has taken eight years to extradite him, which raises the question - how can we speed things up in future? Mark Stephens, a specialist in human rights law at Finers Stephens Innocent law firm in London, analyses why it took so long for the case to reach a conclusion.

The paper review.

Thought for the day with Reverend Roy Jenkins, Baptist Minister in Cardiff.


The BBC director general George Entwistle says he is appalled by the allegations of sex abuse made against Jimmy Savile, and that the corporation will help the police in any way it can. There is a tide of allegations building up, with an increase in the number of people alleging that they were assaulted in some way by the star. Part of the discussion centres on the culture that was tolerated three or four decades ago that could not flourish now, and about how Fleet Street was nervous about pursuing rumours. Paul Connew is former editor of the Sunday Mirror and former deputy editor of The News of the World, discusses the allegations.

The Scottish government has reaffirmed its commitment to benefits like free prescriptions and free personal care for the elderly. It was responding to Scotland's former spending watchdog, Robert Black, who has questioned whether such policies are still affordable. Mr Black was auditor general for 12 years until he retired this summer; his remarks followed a call by Labour for a commission to look at the cost of public services in Scotland. John Swinney, Scotland Finance Minister (SNP) and Scottish Labour leader, Johann Lamont, discuss



It is 45 years since abortion was made legal in this country but the argument has never died. The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said he is in favour of the legal time limit at which a woman can have an abortion being reduced from 24 weeks to 12. Daniel Kawczynski, Conservative MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, and Professor Wendy Savage, a gynaecologist and campaigner on women's rights, debate if there should be a change in the current law.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The radical cleric Abu Hamza has finally been extradited to the United States, along with four other men suspected of terrorism offences. The judges at yesterday's High Court hearing which cleared the way for the extradition said that it was unacceptable that the proceedings had taken between eight and 14 years; they said that future cases should be dealt with in months not years. So will the government now bring forward reforms to the legal system? The BBC's legal correspondent Clive Coleman gives us the latest. Also on the programme, Home Secretary Theresa May.

The paper review.

Police have until five o'clock this afternoon to charge the man they are questioning as a murder suspect in west Wales, or to let him go. Mark Bridger is being questioned about the disappearance of April Jones, aged five, whom the police now say they believe has been murdered. Jordan Davies is the BBC's correspondent on the scene.

For the past week, in the US, there has been blanket coverage of the first of the presidential debates - when President Obama met his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Loyal listeners got the highlights of the face-off on Thursday morning, but for the definitive run down on what happened and whether it matters, we asked our North America correspondent, Jonny Dymond, to go out for lunch.


Red Dwarf is back. The TV cult comedy series, off the air for 24 years, popped up last night on the DAVE comedy channel. There are going to be six episodes, with many of the original cast and written by its co-creator Doug Naylor who turned the zany sci-fi creation into a hit in the 1970s and 1980s. Robert Llewellyn plays the mechanoid Kryten in Red Dwarf and Dave Cohen is the well known comedian and writes, who writes for Have I Got News for You and the sitcom Not Going Out.

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