The animal research laboratories at the centre of last year's foot and mouth disease outbreak in Surrey were “shabby and dilapidated”, a report has claimed.

The virus should never have escaped the government-run Institute for Animal Health in Pirbright, Surrey, in August last year, said report author Dr Iain Anderson.

Funding and governance at the centre was "muddled and ineffective" and the facilities fell short of international standards, he said, but the science that came out of it was first class and needed to be supported.

A new National Institute for Infectious Diseases should be formed to run the laboratories, he added.