30 November 2001

F&M closed doors

THE chairman of one of the foot-and-mouth inquiries has defended the decision to hear hold all its oral evidence behind closed doors.

The Royal Societys infectious diseases inquiry heard from key players in the F&M epidemic during its first oral session on Wed, Nov 28. Chief veterinary officer Jim Scudamore, DEFRA chief scientist David Shannon and Veterinary Laboratory Agency director Steve Edwards all gave evidence. Although summaries of the evidence will be made available, the public were barred from attending the oral session. &#42