EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

TEMPORARY COMMITTEE ON FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE

Preliminary Draft Programme

For the visit of a delegation of the temporary committee to

Wales, Devon and Gloucestershire

From Wednesday 19 June to Saturday 22 June 2002

Wednesday, 19 June

13.30                         Departure by coach to Zaventem airport

15.10        Members to fly to Birmingham airport.

15.20        Arrival in Birmingham

18.00 - 19.00            Short meeting at Welshpool Livestock Sales

Auctioneer John Jones:

Experts:

PPE/ED: Phil Owens

PSE:  Mr P.C. Jinman (local vet) or Mr Huw Brodie (Welsh Assembly)

Other groups: …………

20.30:          Dinner hosted by Mr Glyn Davies, chairman of the Agriculture Committee of the Welsh National Assembly at Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells,

                   In attendance: Presidents of National Farmers' Union Cymru and the Farmers' Union of Wales.

                                  The delegation will stay overnight in this hotel

Thursday, 20 June: Wales

08.15                         Departure by coach to Builth Wells

09.00 - 11.15 Public meeting  at the International Pavillion, Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells

                 Theme: The impact of the Foot and Mouth Crisis on the Rural Economy

Experts:

PPE/ED: Ian Mitchell (local accountant)

PSE: Mr Jackie Tonge (Powys County Council)

Other groups:

11.30        Departure by coach to Sennybridge Disposal Site

12.30:       Buffet lunch near Sennybridge, (organised by Major Howard Vaughan, responsible Army official). A small contribution for the buffet will be asked)

14.00:                   Visit of Sennybridge Disposal Site, further details to follow                 Army Commander: Pat Butler

15.00 - 17.00 Public Meeting at the Market Hall (near the Sennybridge Disposal Site)

                             Experts:

PPE/ED: Janet Watkins of the Epynt Action Group

PSE: Mr Huw Brodie (Head of Agriculture, Welsh National Assembly)

Other Groups:

Other speaker: Edwyn Roderick of the Epynt Action Group

17.15:                        Departure for Exeter

20.30:                   Dinner, hosted by Devon County Council, in the Cavendish Room at the Thistle Hotel in Exeter.

Exchange of views with Professor Ian Mercer, Chairman of Devon County Council’s Foot and Mouth Inquiry, and Anthony Gibson, Regional Director of the National Farmers' Union.

The delegation will stay overnight at the Thistle Hotel

Friday, 21 June: Devon

 9.00 - 10.45                 Public meeting at the Thistle Hotel in Exeter

                                  Experts:

PPE/ED: Tom Griffith-Jones

PSE: Councillor from the Regional Development Agency

Other Groups: Alan Beat (small holder farmer, founder of Smallholders Online, a forum for smaller farmers)

11.00                         Departure by coach to Oakhampton

11.45                         Visit of the Farm of David Heards, Place Farm, Okehampton

                                  Other farmers will be present as well.

12.45                         Individual lunch at Betty Cottels, on the B3260, Okehampton

13.45                         Depart for Knowstone

15.00 - 16.30            Meeting with farmers and affected people at Knowstone Village Hall

                             Contact person: Mrs Payne

                 Experts:

                 PPE/ED: David Hill

                 PSE: David Trigger (former district Councillor)

                 Other Groups: Mrs Lynne McBride (affected farmer from Knowstone)

16.45                         Depart for Alveston (Gloucestershire)

18.30                         Open Meeting at Hotel Premier Lodge in Alveston (Bristol North)

                                  Theme: The cost of the FMD crisis

Experts:

PPE/ED: Carol Trewin

PSE: David Drew MP

Other Groups:

20.15                         Departure by coach for dinner

20.30:             Dinner with key stakeholders at the Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel,  hosted by Gloucestershire County Council

22.30                         Departure by coach for hotel Premier Lodge, Alviston (Bristol North)

Saturday, 22 June: Forest of Dean

8.15                           Departure for the Forest of Dean

9.30 - 11.30                 Public Meeting at the Speech House Hotel in the Forest of Dean

Experts:

PPE/ED: Janet Bayley

PSE: Diane Organ MP

Other Groups:

12.00:                        Coach to Birmingham Airport

14.00:                        Arrival at Birmingham Airport