The government was presented with the long awaited report into the BSE scandal this week. It is expected to severely criticise the ministry of agriculture and ministers in the previous government for their handling of the crisis. Agriculture minister Nick Brown (pictured far right) and health secretary Alan Milburn (centre) received the report from Lord Phillips, head of the committee which began work in December 1997. They confirmed it will be published at an "early opportunity" once the Commons returns. {{NEWS }}