Update: 13:05

September 6, 2002

Failure to learn from foot-and-mouth legacy
The government has failed to learn lessons from last year's outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, according to the report of an independent inquiry chaired by Phil Thomas, chief executive of the Scottish Agricultural College and professor of agriculture at Glasgow University. A draft contingency plan, which has been put out to consultation by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is inadequate and needs "very substantial revision", said the Cumbria Foot and Mouth Disease report.

Lord Puttnam lectures on lifelong learning tonight
Lord Puttnam, first chairman of the General Teaching Council and chairman of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, will deliver a lecture on lifelong learning tonight in Inverness. The lecture is being hosted by the University of the Highlands and Islands.

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