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Government seeks severe winter advice

The Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, is seeking the opinion of the chief scientific adviser about whether the government should be planning for more severe winters in future.

The Christmas travel plans of thousands of Britons are in disarray after snow left Heathrow Airport all but shut.

Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson has said the government was not adequately prepared for the bad weather.

Mr Hammond told the BBC that he wanted to look at the government's long-term strategy on dealing with the UK's winters.

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