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Armed Forces: Gulf War Veterans

Volume 698: debated on Wednesday 6 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 14 January (WA 236–7), who bears responsibility for the incorrect decision, shortly before he died, to cut Gulf War veteran the late Mr Terry Walker's war pension by 60 per cent; and whether there has been a review of other cases in order to conclude that Mr Walker's case has no bearing on that of any other Gulf War veteran. [HL1532]

I refer the noble Lord to the Answer I gave today to the noble Lord, Lord Addington.

The War Pension Scheme is an individual case jurisdiction scheme and, therefore, the rules of the scheme are applied to the particular evidence and facts of a case. After investigation, it is clear that the mistake made when reviewing Mr Walker's assessment relates solely to the particular circumstances of his case and has no bearing on other cases. There are no plans, therefore, to undertake a review of other Gulf War cases.