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Thursday, 10 January, 2008

  • Newsnight
  • 10 Jan 08, 05:24 PM


hutton203x100.jpgAs widely predicted, the government has given the go-ahead for a new generation of nuclear power plants. John Hutton told MPs the programme was crucial to maintaining a safe and consistent power supply. Our Science Editor Susan Watts will be examining exactly what today's announcement means. Can we be certain there won't be hidden costs for the taxpayer? We'll be hearing from the minister responsible for taking things forward.


The ongoing story of how Peter Hain failed to declare more than £100,000 in donations to his deputy leadership campaign; did he know about the money? And can he survive? Michael Crick has the full story.


David Loyn reports on how the Afghan government is attempting to bring madrassas, the religious schools that inspired a generation of fundamentalists, back into the state system. The government wants to reduce the teaching of Islamic philosophy to less than half of the curriculum, and introduce subjects like history, geography, science and languages. The new policy is a direct challenge to neighbouring Pakistan, where madrassas are the main recruiting ground for the Taliban.


The world's cheapest car has been launched at India's biggest auto show in Delhi; it will cost about £1,200. It's estimated that up to 60 million more people in India could now afford a car, but is this a good idea considering the impact it will have on CO2 emissions?

Prospects for Thursday, 10 January

  • Newsnight
  • 10 Jan 08, 10:22 AM

Carol Rubra is today's programme producer - here is her early email to the team.

Good morning,

nuclear.jpgGoing nuclear - John Hutton will make a statement today giving the go-ahead for a new generation of nuclear power plants. Susan will look at the detail of the announcement, whether the proposals provide sufficient financial incentive for the private sector to go ahead and what is going to happen to the waste.

There are a few other interesting discussion topics around today.

The world's cheapest car has been unveiled in India - a step forward for Indian middle classes but a step back in reducing global carbon emissions.

New figures on Iraqi deaths from violence

Labour donors and Peter Hain's failure to declare donations to his deputy leadership campaign.

MPs salaries - their pay rise will be announced today - should they accept?

Liberal Democrats are debating missile defence in the House of Lords.

And interest rates.

Please come to the meeting with your own ideas and thoughts on these.


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