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Gulf War Illnesses

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 30 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 8 January (WA 32), what representations they have received and what research they have commissioned on illnesses believed to be linked to service in the 1990-91 Gulf conflict that have manifested themselves in serving personnel only in recent years; and whether any such illnesses have manifested themselves in the past two years. [HL1333]

We are not aware, from representations or scrutiny of the UK or international research literature, of any new illnesses or conditions linked to the 1990-91 Gulf conflict and emerging only in recent or, specifically, the past two years.

The Medical Research Council provides independent expert advice on our Gulf veterans’ illness research programme and members of the scientific community are encouraged to submit suitable study proposals. To date no research has been recommended or commissioned nor study proposals received on such illnesses. The principal focus for research aimed at assisting Gulf veterans is now to identify suitable rehabilitative therapies for those veterans with persistent symptoms.