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Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what timetable was set for the completion of the reports of the two studies announced by his Department in the last 12 months into the existence of a causal link between exposure to nuclear testing and veterans’ illnesses. (297014)

The studies which I announced on 21 April 2009, Official Report, column 6WS, were not designed to investigate the possible existence of a causal link between exposure to nuclear testing and veterans’ illnesses, but to investigate the health needs of nuclear veterans. My officials have been meeting with representatives from the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association to agree the principles of this project. Expressions of interest have been invited from the academic community.