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War Pensions

Volume 300: debated on Wednesday 5 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when the review panel looking into war pensions for noise-induced hearing loss will report. [13116]

The review of the science of the assessment of noise induced sensorineural hearing loss for the purposes of claims to war pensions is already under way. Sir Kenneth Calman the Government's Chief Medical Officer and the chairman of the review, requested written comments from the team members by 27 October 1997.A meeting of the team is due to take place on 19 November 1997. The review team will report as soon as possible after that date once they have fully considered the scientific issues under review.The outcome of the review will be made public.