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U.K. government.

U.K. government appears determined to go ahead with its scheme to sell off 51% of its National Air Traffic Services despite opposition from unionized air traffic controllers. Bill Semple, NATS CEO, denied that the action would hurt safety standards.

Declaring its "year 2000 readiness," NATS said it started working on its ATC computers and other equipment in spring 1996, checking some 870 systems. Around [pounds]10 million has been spent on the project, which involved 450 engineers. After four years, during which it heard 734 witnesses and spent [pounds]80 million ($130 million), mainly in lawyers' fees, the public inquiry into whether Heathrow should have a fifth terminal ended. …

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