Chairman, Dr Iain Anderson

First floor, 9 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DD

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



20 March 2002




The independent inquiry looking at the lessons to be learned from the Foot and Mouth epidemic of 2001 will visit Yorkshire on 3-5 April 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 Yorkshire is the final visit in a series of six 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 around Skipton, Northallerton, Thirsk and Helmsley and holding a public meeting in Harrogate. 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 sixth in the series of visits Dr Anderson said:


North Yorkshire had to cope with the long tail of this epidemic as well as the suspected case at the end of February this year, which thankfully proved negative. Both tourism and farming were affected in differing measures and in different ways, but with the same outcome, incredible hardship. 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 4 April and will be held at the Wesleyan Chapel in Harrogate 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 key 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 Yorkshire 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), Wales (6-7 February), Scotland (14-15 February), Northumberland and County Durham (4-6 March) and Cumbria and Lancashire (11-13 March).

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: Tickets will be allocated to individuals and distributed after the closing date of 5.00pm, Wednesday 27 March. Places at the public meeting are limited to 200 so entry is by ticket only.

3.                 The deadline for receiving written views passed on 15 March, however we recognise that the Yorkshire visit comes after the deadline and we will be accepting information relating to the outbreak as it affected that region on our visit. Those views can be sent via the website or to The Secretary, FMD Lessons Learned Inquiry, First Floor, 9 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DD.

4.                 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