Foot and Mouth Disease in Scotland  inquiry calls for views

Foot and Mouth Disease in Scotland inquiry calls for views

The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s independent inquiry into Foot and Mouth Disease in Scotland is now calling for evidence and views. The RSE has set up the independent expert committee to investigate the recent outbreak of Foot and MouthDisease in Scotland, the control procedures employed and the impact that has had on the Scottish economy.

The remit of the group carrying out the work will be to investigate the outbreak, spread and control of the disease in Scotland with particular regard to:

  1. The organism and the disease
  2. Methods of control
  3. Impact on the economy generally
  4. Impact on tourism
  5. Lessons for the future

Professor Ian Cunningham will Chair the Committee and the full membership of the group is as follows:

Professor Ian Cunningham CBE FRSE

Professor Gavin McCrone CB FRSE

Sir James Armour, CBE, FRSE
Professor Brian Ashcroft
Dr Jean Balfour, CBE, FRSE
Mr Ivan Broussine
Sir David Carter, FRSE
Dr W J Irvine, FRSE
Mrs Barbara Kelly CBE
Dr Bill Martin, FRSE
Dr Donald MacRae
Professor Jeff Maxwell, OBE, FRSE
Dr Laura Meagher
Mr David Mitchell
Dr Peter Nettleton
Professor Stuart Reid, FRSE
Dr Robert Sellers FRSE

Mr Loudon Hamilton CB

The Committee will invite organisations and individuals with relevant experience to give evidence to one or other of its two subcommittees: a Biological and Disease Control Committee under the chairmanship of Dr Bill Martin and an Economic Impact Committee, chaired by Professor Gavin McCrone.

Individuals and organisations wishing to submit views should do so in writing, to be received no later than January 7 2002. Submissions should be sent to:

    Mr Loudon Hamilton,
    Secretary to the RSE Foot & Mouth Committee,
    The Royal Society of Edinburgh,
    22-26 George Street,
    EH2 2PQ

Views may alternatively be submitted by email to:
Submission of evidence will not be accepted verbally over the telephone. Receipt of evidence will be acknowledged, but the RSE will not enter into correspondence regarding individual views.

Sir William Stewart, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, commenting on the membership said:

I am very pleased that we have secured a group of people with unrivalled expertise across the wide remit of the investigation, willing to give the time to carry forward this task. I believe it is hugely important that we should specifically examine the issues raised for Scotland by Foot and Mouth and do so through an expert and completely independent body. This will not in any way detract from work being carried out elsewhere with somewhat different remits. The contribution of this group will be unique and uniquely valuable.


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