Terms of reference:

To make recommendations for the way in which the Government should handle any future major animal disease outbreak, in the light of the lessons identified from the handling of the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in Great Britain.

The recommendations will be addressed to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and to the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales.

Timetable: The Inquiry intends to complete its programme of work within 6 months and expects to submit its final report by mid-2002. If there are important emerging recommendations that should be passed to the Government sooner, the Inquiry will publish interim findings.

Chairman: Dr Iain Anderson CBE will conduct the Inquiry.








Chairman, Dr Iain Anderson

First floor, 9 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DD

Tel: 020 7276 5571 (fax. 020 7276 5573)



1 February 2002




The independent inquiry looking at the lessons to be learned from the Foot and Mouth epidemic of 2001 will visit Scotland on 14-15 February 2002. The Chairman of the Inquiry, Dr Iain Anderson, will visit key local sites and host meetings to listen to people's views and impressions of what could be done in the future to ease the impact of an animal disease outbreak.


The visit to Scotland is the third in a series around Britain to see first-hand those areas most badly affected by the disease. The Inquiry will be visiting key sites affected by the outbreak in Dumfries and Galloway and holding a public meeting in Lockerbie. Dr Anderson and the inquiry team are looking to receive as broad a range of views as possible, all of which will contribute to the final report giving recommendations to the Government for the handling of any future animal disease outbreak.


Commenting on the third in the series of visits Dr Anderson said:


"Scotland suffered greatly during the spread of the catastrophic epidemic of Foot and Mouth disease last year. Even where I live in Perthshire I saw the repercussions every day. I am determined to hear the facts of this suffering to inform my report fully and properly so that I can present the lessons to be learned for the future. That is the purpose of this visit."


A public meeting is being organised for the evening of Thursday 14 February and will be held at the Town Hall in Lockerbie at 1900. Dr Anderson



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and members of his inquiry team will wish to hear details, listen to views and opinions, as well as receive written submissions, of how the epidemic affected the region.


Earlier in the day and on the following day, Dr Anderson will meet representatives of the groups most affected by the crisis as well as the main players involved in tackling the disease - including those in the local community, businesses, farming and tourism. Again, Dr Anderson will be listening to their views and gathering information for the inquiry's report.



Notes to editors


1.                 The inquiry's frame of reference is set out in the attached framework document. The inquiry team is coming to Scotland to listen to the broad range of views available to inform its report to the Government as effectively and properly as possible. It has already visited the South West of England (22-24 January) and Wales (6-7 February).

2.                 Members of the public who wish to attend the public meeting should contact Samantha Dooley at COI Conference Services, Rm 115, Hercules Road, London SE1 7DU (tel: 020 7261 8400/8385, fax: 020 7261 8588 or e-mail: conferences@coi.gsi.gov.uk). Tickets will be allocated to individuals and distributed after the closing date of 5.00pm, Friday 8 February. Places at the public meeting are limited to 200 so entry is by ticket only. Written views can be sent via the website www.fmd-lessonslearned.org.uk or to The Secretary, FMD Lessons Learned Inquiry, First Floor, 9 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DD.

3.                 If you have further questions on any of the above, please contact the inquiry's press officer, Rupert Cazalet, on 020 7276 5571, or via e-mail at rupert.cazalet@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk