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ANDREW GEORGE MP

NEWS RELEASE

Thursday 21st October 2004 For Immediate Release

GEORGE CALLS FOR ANDERSON INQUIRY TO BE RE-OPENED

Liberal Democrat Shadow Agriculture Secretary, Andrew George MP, today called for the re-opening Anderson Inquiry into the lessons to be learnt from the 2001 outbreak of Foot and Mouth. His call came after he was shown a video of Bobby Waugh's Burnside Farm, taken by Northumberland Trading Standards Department. Mr George raised the issue with Animal Health Minister Ben Bradshaw MP, during DEFRA questions this morning.

He has previously asked Ministers to re-open the inquiry, following the publication in March of a memo regarding Bobby Waugh's farm, written by Government vet Dr. Jim Dring.

Following the exchange, Mr George said:

"I am surprised that no Minister has seen this video. I doubt they would be so complacent if they had seen it.
"The video proves to me that the farm represented a cesspool of infectivity and raised serious questions not just about the effectiveness of the regulatory controls on this farm, but also about the effectiveness of both the regulatory framework for biosecurity and the resources to implement the regulations.
"I do not believe the Dr Iain Anderson Inquiry either took into account this evidence or considered the implications. The Inquiry should be re-opened." ENDS Notes to Editors: