Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what advice he has received from the Met Office about likely weather conditions in the winter of 2010-11.
    Department of Energy and Climate Change
    Barker, Gregory
    Near the end of each month (October to January) the Met Office provided forecasts for three months ahead to Cabinet Office. These were shared with the Department.In each of these forecasts, the most likely scenario for northern Europe was that the following three months would be colder and drier than normal. The October forecast indicated an increased risk of a cold, wintry start.
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