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Gulf War Syndrome

Volume 301: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral answer of 3 November 1997, Official Report, column 14, to the hon. Member for South Derbyshire (Mr. Todd), if he will place in the Library copies of (a) the minutes of the meeting with the joint inter-agencies on Gulf War syndrome and (b) all documents provided to his Department from the United States authorities on Gulf War syndrome. [14714]

The Government are committed to co-operating very closely with the US authorities on this issue and regularly exchange information with our US colleagues. We are equally committed to being open in the dealings with Gulf veterans, and have pledged to make all relevant information available. A wide range of documentation issued by the US authorities is already publicly available. However, information contained within documents received in confidence from a foreign Government is covered by exemption 1 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if, as part of his Department's investigation of Gulf War illness, he will examine the research conducted by Dr. Robert Davies at Taunton Hospital into the contribution made by exposure to organophosphate pesticide. [16848]

My Department will continue to take account of all research published in appropriately peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals which may be relevant in taking forward our work to address the health concerns of Gulf veterans. We have not yet seen the results of Dr. Davies' research and await its publication with interest.