Letter: BSE inquiry

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Sir: Dr Stephen Dealler (letters, 15 November) accurately catalogued the errors that led to the BSE crisis. The present government was not in power when the crucial mistakes were made. Several Labour MPs challenged government policy at the time.

A public inquiry will draw a line under the issue and ensure that the current administration does not become associated with the failings that led to the crisis. For the sake of those who have lost family members to new variant CJD, I hope the Government will act sooner rather than later.

Maureen Treadwell

Chilbolton, Hampshire