The mystery of the British Airports Authority shares

Q | Can you solve the mystery of what happened to my investment in British Airports Authority? I bought shares in the company more than 27 years ago at the time of privatisation. In February, I found the share certificate proving I am the rightful owner of these shares. I contacted Computershare, the registrar of what is now Heathrow airport. It replied that I am not on the list of shareholders, despite my share certificate. In July, I received a letter from Computershare saying it would treat my communications as a formal complaint, but I have heard nothing more. KK, London

Snow report urges Met Office cash

The Government should consider providing extra funding to the Met Office to help improve its long-term forecasting, a report by MPs into last December's snow disruption said today.

BAA in war of words with BA as Heathrow disruption continues

As 50,000 more travellers saw their Christmas plans wrecked by yesterday's flight cancellations at Heathrow, a war of words broke out between the airport owner, BAA, and its biggest customer. British Airways cancelled 150 flights on the basis of what it says turned out to be misleading guidance from the airport operator about when the second runway would reopen.

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Sir Norman Payne: Head of BAA who led the British expansion in civil

Norman Payne was Sir BAA. It was under his leadership that Gatwick and Stansted were created, as well as Terminal 4 at Heathrow and Gatwick North Terminal. In so doing Payne settled London Airports' capacity from the early 1980s until well into the present century, fuelling the opportunity for the UK's expansion in civil aviation. He was engineer, planner, Chief Executive, Chairman and leader. Of all the nationalised industry chairmen he was the most successful and longest serving. And in 1982 he saw through privatisation efficiently and against much political objection, holding the British Airports Authority together.