The correspondence file (SZ/CIR/2) opens with a minute from Solly Zuckerman to the Prime Minister (Edward Heath), 4 March 1970, stressing the seriousness of rabies, and supporting the imposition of a ban on the import of cats and dogs from all countries in which the disease is endemic and regardless of whatever quarantine regulations were imposed. Correspondence from 1973 (with Ronald Waterhouse) concerns the passage of the Rabies Bill through Parliament.
Files SZ/CIR/3-4 contain statistical data, reports, and extracts from the scientific literature, many of the papers featuring the name of Martin Kaplan.
Files SZ/CIR/6-7 refer to the two overseas visits. The first visit of these was to Geneva, Berne and Tubingen, 29 May 1970 - 3 June 1970, and the second to France, Denmark and the Netherlands, 27 September 1970 - 1 October 1970. The papers relating to the second visit consist of a folder headed Rage containing copies of a number of French publications on rabies.
Files SZ/CIR/9-13 relate to the work of the specialist sub-committees and working groups.
File CIR/15 contains drafts and published texts of the Interim and Final Reports, together with press-releases announcing their publication.
File SZ/CIR/16 contains articles and press reports, for the most part photocopied, relating to the Inquiry and its reports, and to rabies generally. It also includes a short memorandum from the Committee's secretariat referring to the popular television drama series Doomwatch, an episode of which featured a human death from rabies. The secretariat reported that when any of the programmes in this series has touched on Ministry [of Agriculture] subjects they have been of a fairly [superimposed on 'very'] high standard.