The House of Commons Transport Select Committee has heeded the call by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) for an inquiry into the UK’s winter transport fiasco.
Dr Benny Peiser, the GWPF Director, welcomed the decision by the Transport Committee.
He said: “We anticipate that the most important questions we raised in our letter to the Transport Select Committee on 6 January, in particular those regarding contradictory provision of weather forecasts by the Met Office, will be thoroughly scrutinised so that similar events can be avoided in the future.”
Impact on transport of recent adverse weather conditions
18 January 2011
The impact of the recent cold weather on the road and rail networks in England and Wales and on the UK’s airports, including the extent to which lessons were learnt from winter 2009-10, the provision of accurate weather forecasts to transport providers in advance of the bad weather, and the recommendations of the Quarmby reviews of the resilience of England’s transport systems in 2010.
The Committee expects to hear oral evidence on this issue in February and would welcome written evidence from those affected by the adverse weather conditions by Wednesday 2 February 2011.
Notes on the submission of written evidence
It assists the Committee if those submitting written evidence adhere to the following guidelines:
Written submissions should be as short as is consistent with conveying the relevant information. As a rough guide, it is usually helpful if they can be confined to six pages or less. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. A single-page summary of the main points is sometimes helpful. The submission should be in a form suitable for monochrome photocopying.
Evidence should be submitted in Word or Rich Text format, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The body of the e-mail should include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. It should be absolutely clear who the submission is from, particularly whether it is on behalf of an organisation or in the name of an individual.
Once accepted by the Committee, written evidence becomes the Committee’s property and it may decide to publish it or make other public use of it. If the Committee decides to accept your contribution as evidence we will email you formally accepting it as such. An acknowledgement of formal acceptance will be sent once all formalities have been completed. You may publicise or publish your submission yourself, once you receive the formal acceptance of your evidence to the Committee. When doing so, please indicate that it has been submitted to the Committee.
Though the Committee is happy to receive copies of published material, formal submissions of evidence should be original work and not published elsewhere.
Committee staff are happy to give more detailed guidance on giving evidence to a select committee, or further advice on any aspect of the Committee’s work, by phone or e-mail.
For further information, see also:
- GWPF Letter to Louise Ellman, MP, Chair of the Transport Select Committee, 6 January 2011
- Labour MP Louise Ellman Considering Probe Into Winter Transport “Fiasco”
- Louise Ellman Asked To Probe Met Office’s ‘Conflicting’ Winter Weather Advice