Impact on transport of recent adverse weather conditions

Supplementary evidence from the Department for Transport (AWC 12a)

I have seen Colin Matthews’ letter to you of 15 March regarding a clarification of his oral evidence to the Committee.

I feel that I need to place on record that, at the time I first contacted BAA to discuss the Government’s offer of military assistance, just after 8:0 am on Tuesday 21st December, Heathrow’s southern runway was still covered in snow. There was no discussion on the timing of any deployment of troops. The only reason expressed to me for the decision to decline the offer of assistance was that, at the time it was made, there was no requirement for unqualified labour.

I hope this is helpful.