BSE Inquiry: Southwood warned not to cost taxpayers money

12 March 1998

BSE Inquiry

THE scientist who chaired the Southwood Committee working party, which
examined BSE in the late 1980s, told the BSE inquiry yesterday that he was warned not to recommend measures which would cost taxpayers money.

Professor Sir Richard Southwood said that before the group began working in 1988, Sir Derek Andrews, who was permanent secretary of the agriculture ministry at the time, told him he hoped “any recommendations we would make `would not lead to any increase in public expenditure”.

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