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Welcome to the home page of the lessons learned Inquiry into the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak of 2001

The Inquiry has now published its report. It is available as a pdf document or can be ordered from The Stationery Office at http://www.tso.co.uk/bookshop .

Evidence submitted to the Inquiry and published on a cd-rom annex to the report is also available on this website .




The Government on 9 August 2001 announced three independent inquiries into the lessons to be learned from the foot and mouth disease outbreak of 2001 and the future of farming and the countryside.

The independent inquiries which will report to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Margaret Beckett are:
  • Inquiry into the lessons to be learned from the foot and mouth disease outbreak of 2001 and the way the Government should handle any future major animal disease outbreak, to be chaired by Dr Iain Anderson;
  • Scientific review by the Royal Society of questions relating to the transmission, prevention and control of epidemic outbreaks of infectious disease in livestock, committee to be chaired by Sir Brian Follett FRS;
    http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk/inquiry/index.html 

  • Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food, (now reported)
    http://www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/farming

TERMS OF REFERENCE

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.