Minister questioned over snow chaos

The transport minister is due to give evidence to the House of Commons Transport Committee over the disruption caused by heavy snow at the beginning of February.

Paul Clark will face questions from the select committee, which will call for an explanation as to why roads, airports and public transport, particularly in south east England, were so badly affected by the snowfalls of February 1 and 2.

Committee chairman Louise Ellman announced the inquiry last month saying: "We will consider why the snow had such a serious impact and what can be done to prevent such a high level of disruption in future."

London Mayor Boris Johnson has been asked to attend a later hearing of the committee over the chaos seen in London, which experienced its worst conditions since 1991.

A report by the London Assembly Transport Committee blamed a lack of preparation and co-ordination for the capital's poor response to the extreme weather, which brought public transport to a standstill.

It also said there did not appear to be any single person in charge, as there would have been in the event of a major incident such as a terrorist attack.

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