Dear Warmwell

You might like to use the attached - which is the list of people and organisations called to present detailed oral evidence to the LLI - it is taken from their website and is on the LLI CD - it clearly demonstrates that the vast majority of people called, from the PM downwards, were drawn from the Government ranks, civil servants or Govt advisers -and that no independent FMD scientists or other experts were consulted.

Of the 19 listed as 'Other organisations and individuals' this includes Govt adviser Roy Anderson and also the BVA, the NFU 2 meetings and ditto the NFUScotland - and also lnquiry visits to France and the Netherlands are also included here.

Apart from NFMG and Warmwell - there appears to have been nobody called to put a view counter to the Govt on the Control of the Disease. While I am sure we both appreciate the recognition of our cases and evidence by the LLI - there is no excuse the Inquiry can use to justify the selectiveness of its witnesses - and the limited evidence it took from those opposed to Government policy.

It is like having a court case and only hearing the case for the defence - but refusing to call any professionally qualified Expert Witnesses for the case for the prosecution. Because of this the Inquiry findings are fundamentally flawed - and should be recognised as such by the media and the Government and the opposition.

Furthermore, for the report to be used to justify the Animal Health Bill amendments would be totally wrong. The Inquiry has provided no means or ability to assess or critically determine whether the adopted control measures were proportionate, rational or reasonable.

Those of us who have undertaken such analysis from the full breadth of evidence that is available, but which the LLI chose to exclude, have found the reverse to be the case. The full evidence conclusively determines that the adopted control measures resulted in massively increasing the scale, impact and extent of the epidemic.

NFMG
29 July 2002

 

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Meeting Notes

MINISTERS

The Rt Hon Tony Blair MP, First Meeting

The Rt Hon Tony Blair MP, Second Meeting

The Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP

The Rt Hon Nick Brown MP

The Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP

The Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP and The Rt Hon Alun Michael MP

Elliot Morley MP

Lord Whitty

Ross Finnie MSP

Carwyn Jones AM


SECRETARY OF THE CABINET AND THE HEAD OF THE HOME CIVIL SERVICE

Sir Richard Wilson GCB


NO 10 DOWNING STREET

Alastair Campbell (with Martin Hurst)

Jonathan Powell (with Jeremy Heywood, Martin Hurst and David North)


DEPARTMENTAL OFFICIALS


MAFF/DEFRA

Mark Addison and Martin Atkinson

Brian Bender (with Jenny Bacon and Neil Thornton), First Meeting

Brian Bender (with Jenny Bacon and Neil Thornton), Second Meeting

Jane Brown

DEFRA Human Resources Officials (Teresa Newell, Pearl Scrivener, Betty Philip and Ann Waters)

Roy Hathaway

Fred Landeg and Rob Paul

Robert Lowson and Lucian Hudson

David Rossington

Jim Scudamore, Chief Veterinary Officer, First Meeting

Jim Scudamore, Second Meeting

Jim Scudamore, Third Meeting

Dr David Shannon

Staffordshire Animal Health Officials (Mike Watkin Jones, Chris Shimwell and Peter Long)

George Trevelyan and Brigadier Malcolm Wood


CABINET OFFICE/OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

Mavis McDonald (with Lindsay Bell)

Mike Granatt

Rob Smith (with David Buxton)

Barry Sutlieff

Genie Turton (with Chris Dunabin) (ex-DETR)


MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

Brigadier Alex Birtwistle


HM TREASURY

Richard Brown (with Michael Feliks)


GOVERNMENT AND OTHER AGENCIES

Countryside Agency

Environment Agency

Food Standards Agency – Sir John Krebs

Institute of Animal Health, Pirbright – Dr Alex Donaldson

Office of Science and Technology – Professor David King (Chief Scientific Adviser)

Rural Payments Agency

International Trade (HM Customs and Excise and DEFRA)


SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE


OTHER ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS

Professor Roy Anderson

Peter Ainsworth MP

British Veterinary Association

Commissioner David Byrne

Country Land and Business Association

Food and Drink Federation

Dr John Gunn

LGA and WLGA

NFU, First Meeting

NFU, Second Meeting

NFU Scotland, First Meeting

NFU Scotland, Second Meeting

National Foot and Mouth Group

National Sheep Association

National Trust

Warmwell

Youth Hostels Association

Inquiry Visit to France

Inquiry Visit to The Netherlands

 

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