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Gulf War Syndrome

Volume 684: debated on Monday 17 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether for ease of reference the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Ministry of Defence will report periodically on the findings of the United Kingdom research programme into Gulf War illnesses, in particular those considered by the MRC to be scientifically robust.[HL6887]

The Medical Research Council (MRC) reviewed published and emerging findings from research into Gulf veterans’ illnesses in 2003, covering UK research and, as appropriate, wider international research. That review continues to direct the Government's efforts in this area. As part of the longstanding commitment to openness with Gulf veterans, it is the Ministry of Defence's policy to encourage researchers to publish their findings on Gulf veterans' illnesses in peer-reviewed literature which is available to everyone. Therefore, results are published as and when they are available.