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Nuclear Test Veterans

Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he proposes to investigate the claims for compensation made by the service men exposed to radiation during the Christmas Island tests.

The Ministry of Defence will pay appropriate compensation whenever the Crown's legal liability is established. There is, however, no firm evidence to show that any ill-health suffered by those who attended the test was caused by their participation. This is supported by the last report on the subject by the National Radiological Protection Board—which continues to accumulate data and will produce a further report.