§ Lord Inglewood
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they intend to make a reasoned response to each of the recommendations of the Cumbrian foot and mouth inquiry. [HL5789]
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty)
The Government commissioned two independent inquiries into the foot and mouth disease outbreak of 2001, one on the lessons to be learned and the other a scientific review into infectious diseases in livestock by the Royal Society. A full government response to both these inquiries will be made later this year. The Government are taking into account the views and recommendations of the county council reports, including the valuable report from Cumbria, in making their response to the national inquiries but will not be replying to the individual recommendations.