Foot & Mouth Inquiry to visit North West

The Temporary Committee of the European Parliament investigating Foot and Mouth Disease is to visit the UK from April 17th-20th. The Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Atkins MEP has invited Members to come to the North West and they have accepted. The proposed schedule is below and opportunities are available throughout the visit for Media involvement.

The Dinner at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal, will be private.

In view of the time constraints it is the intention of the Committee that prearranged presentations will be made to Members from representatives of those affected by the epidemic.

For further information please contact Sir Robert.

Thursday, 18 April 2002, Longtown Market and Scottish Border

08.30: Coach travel from Hexham to Longtown

10.00: Visit to Longtown Market which will be in action that day. Members will speak to farmers and traders.

12.00 Lunch with farmers at Longtown Market

14.00 Coach to Gretna.

14.30: Visit to the farm there at the museum complex

15.00 Public Meeting at Gretna (museum complex). No specific theme.

18.00 Visit Linstock Castle Farm, near Carlisle, which is farmed by Mr Alisdair Wannop.

Dinner in Northumberland

Friday: Northumberland and Cumbria

a.m. Northumberland

14.00 Coach to Great Orton Airfield

15.00 Visit to Great Orton Airfield

16.30 Coach to Carlisle

17.00 Meeting near the market in Carlisle Theme: the psychological and ethical aspects of the crisis.

19.00 Coach to Kendal

20.30 Dinner in the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal Theme: effects of the FMD crisis on the tourist industry

Saturday: Cumbria

09.00: Meeting at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal, Cumbria. Theme: the experience in Cumbria - application of existing legislation - logistical management - lessons learned.

11.00: Departure by coach to Manchester Airport

13.00: Press Conference to conclude the first visit to the UK followed by a lunch at the Radisson Hotel, Manchester Airport.

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