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Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of service veterans who were present at atomic weapons tests in the 1950s and 1960s who have died of conditions connected to their service in each of the last five years. (305185)

The War Pensions Scheme provides no-fault compensation to 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. Therefore to provide the information requested would require the manual search of many thousands of files and this could be done only at disproportionate cost.