THE NATIONAL FOOT & MOUTH GROUP

Co-ordinating Office: 3 The Common, Siddington
Cirencester, Glos. GL7 6EY
Tel: 01285 644319 / 01285 656812

For the attention of David Lidington MP
Shadow Secretary for EFRA

Dear Mr Lidington

DEFRA responses to FMD Inquiry Reports

Please can you advise on this as soon as possible. We are very concerned that DEFRA are already considering the LLI Report and the RS Report on FMD and selectively choosing which policies it wishes to take forward.

We have grave misgivings regarding the LLI report regarding future control measures. The report has left the way open to use the extensive slaughter and contigous cull measures again.

As you will see from the attached letter to the EFRA Select Committee, we are extremely concerned at the way the Inquiry dealt with consideration of the slaughter/cull polices. The Inquiry did not call any expert witnesses to provide counter balance to the Government's defence of these policies, nor did the Inquiry have regard to the empirical and factual data submitted by this and other organisations, which questioned the effectiveness of this approach.

Although Parliament may be in recess until October we are sure that the Dept of EFRA will be considering the Government's response to the Reports, along the lines outlined above. Is there any way that this process can be influenced at the present time?

Given that the Animal Health Bill is now through to Committee stage we foresee the LLI report being taken at face value and prayed in aid of the extensive and far reaching powers of slaughter within the Bill.

We would appreciate your guidance as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely

Janet Bayley