03 June 1999
BSE evidence may be kept secret

CONFIDENTIAL evidence which criticises the handling of the BSE crisis may remain secret, it emerged yesterday (Wednesday).

The official inquiry into the disease, chaired by Lord Justice Philips, is due to publish its final report by the end of March next year.

Letters have now been sent to a number of people setting out the criticism that they may face in the final report.

They have been asked to reply in writing or give oral evidence in defence of their actions.

It is this information which could be subject to a rule which would ban its disclosure for 30 years.

The inquiry has also disclosed that some government documents, which had not previously come to light, had now been released by the ministry of agriculture.

  • The Daily Telegraph 03/06/99 page 14