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Gulf War Illnesses

Volume 685: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What studies the Medical Research Council has made of the findings of research funded by the Government of the United States into the illnesses of veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War; by whom the studies were undertaken; at what cost to public funds; what the outcomes of such studies were; and whether British veterans with Gulf War illnesses and the bereaved families of those who have died since the conflict have been informed of them. [HL7441]

In 2003 the Medical Research Council, through the Military Health Research Advisory Group (MHRAG), undertook a comprehensive review of relevant Gulf research, including studies funded by the US authorities. It is not possible to give a cost of the review of the US studies in isolation but the cost of the review is estimated at between £20,000 and £25,000, the main expenses being MRC staff time, travel and hotel costs for non-MRC staff involved and administration.

The review, which was published on the MRC website1, made a number of recommendations on where future research might focus and provided additional advice to the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

MRC has made the information available on its website.

1 The current url is, however the MRC is currently re-launching its site and this address will change shortly.