asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will provide the same screening and other health related measures for United Kingdom civilian citizens who may have been exposed to depleted uranium, wherever that may have occurred, as is provided for military personnel who served in the former Yugoslavia. [HL318]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath)
The Government consider that the health risks from exposure to depleted uranium to United Kingdom military personnel and civilians who have served in the Balkans are very low. Nevertheless, steps are being taken to identify an appropriate screening programme for these groups. The Ministry of Defence will be seeking the views of the UK National Screening Committee in developing proposals. The nature and scope of such a screening programme has yet to be determined. Recently the Department of Health has sent a circular to medical practitioners covering advice from the Ministry of Defence on how to manage patients who might present to general practitioners or hospital specialists for advice.Any individuals who are concerned about their health because of possible exposure to depleted uranium for any reason should, of course, seek medical advice.