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Gulf War: Pensions

Volume 684: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What legal remedy is available to counter reinterpretation and tampering by public officials in handling decisions of the Pensions Appeal Tribunal such as that in the case of Gulf War veteran Mark McGreevy, as documented in the tribunal president's letter to the Ministry of Defence of 5 April.[HL6843]

The Ministry of Defence did not attempt to reinterpret or tamper with the decision by the Pensions Appeal Tribunal in the case of Mr McGreevy. The department acted in good faith and with the intention of giving effect to the Pensions Appeal Tribunal's decision. The response by the department of 5 June to the president of the Pensions Appeal Tribunal’s letter of 5 April explained the way in which Gulf War syndrome has been applied in Mr McGreevy's case as an umbrella term. A copy of the Ministry of Defence letter has been placed in the Library.

An individual who feels that the Ministry of Defence has failed to implement a tribunal decision may have a remedy in judicial review.