Pwyllgor Amaethyddiaeth a Datblygu Gwledig
Agriculture and Rural Development Committee
Bae Caerdydd / Cardiff Bay
Caerdydd / Cardiff
CF99 1NA
12 December 2001

Dear Colleague

Agriculture & Rural Development Committee investigation into the handling of the foot and mouth disease outbreak in Wales

The Agriculture and Rural Development Committee is to conduct a detailed scrutiny of the way in which Assembly Ministers handled the Foot and Mouth outbreak in Wales. The Committee intends to devote one or more of its public meetings in the New Year to questioning Assembly Ministers and to produce a short report identifying lessons that might be learned for the future.

To inform this scrutiny the Committee is inviting views from individuals and organisations affected by the foot and mouth disease outbreak in Wales. Should you feel there are specific questions or issues that the Committee should raise with Ministers, please send them by email to Agri-rural.comm@wales.gsi.gov.uk or post them to the address above to arrive by 21 January 2002.

During the outbreak a considerable part of the Committee's fortnightly meetings was set aside for detailed questioning of the Minister for Rural Affairs and three additional meetings were arranged during periods when the Assembly was not in session. The Committee would welcome any comments on the role it played during the outbreak and suggestions as to how this might have been improved.

This letter has been sent to those listed in annex A. Please feel free to pass a copy on to anyone else who may have an interest.

Yours sincerely

Adrian Crompton Committee Clerk Annex A Brecon Beacons National Park Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales CBI Wales Country Land and Business Association Eppynt Action Group Farmers Union of Wales Federation of Small Businesses Institute of Rural Health Mid Wales Tourism Mid Wales Partnership National Farmers Union Cymru/Wales National Foot and Mouth Group North Wales Tourism North Wales Economic Forum Pembrokeshire Coast National Park RSPB RSPCA Soil Association South East Wales Economic Forum South West Wales Economic Forum Snowdonia National Park Tourism South and West Wales Wales Rural Forum Wales Young Farmers Clubs Welsh Local Government Association Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council Bridgend County Borough Council City & County of Cardiff Caerphilly County Borough Council Carmarthenshire County Council Ceredigion County Council Conwy County Borough Council Denbighshire County Council Gwynedd Council Flintshire County Council Isle of Anglesey County Council Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Monmouthshire County Borough Council Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council Newport County Borough Council Pembrokeshire County Council Powys County Council Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council City & Council of Swansea Torfaen County Borough Council Vale of Glamorgan Council Wrexham County Borough Council ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- Dr. Martin Lloyd Thomas Research & Media Officer Office of Peter Rogers AM North Wales Regional Member Welsh Conservative Spokesmen on Rural Affairs National Assembly for Wales