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Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ex-service personnel have made claims in the last 30 years for compensation for adverse health effects arising from exposure to chemicals during their service in Canada between 1960 and 1980; and in how many such cases compensation was paid. (294782)

The War Pension Scheme (WPS) provides no-fault compensation for all former Service Personnel where illness, injury or death is caused by service before 6 April 2005.

Although the War Pension Computer System contains details of medical conditions relating to claims for War Disablement Pensions, details of the specific causes of these medical conditions are not recorded. The current system was implemented in 1995 and claims prior to this date are not held electronically. The manual search and assessment of many thousands of files would be required to provide the information requested and this could be done only at disproportionate cost.