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Nuclear Test Veterans

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with representatives from (a) the USA, (b) Canada, (c) Australia and (d) New Zealand on nuclear test veterans and sharing of best practice. (86144)

I have had no discussions with these countries on nuclear test veterans and sharing of best practice. MOD officials maintain contact with these countries on a wide range of veterans’ issues, mainly under the auspices of the Senior International Forum. We are of course aware of the recent Australian and New Zealand Reports on the health of nuclear test veterans. We are studying these carefully and have been in touch with officials from both countries with respect to their findings.