To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 5 November (WA 82) regarding the late Gulf War veteran, Mr Terry Walker, whose war pension was cut from 100 per cent to 40 per cent shortly before his death, what was the outcome of the contact made by the Ministry of Defence with the Office of Her Majesty's Coroner for Newcastle for assistance. [HL17]
Since the Defence Inquests Unit’s approach to HM Coroner in early November, we have received no further request for assistance. We understand that the coroner has yet to set a date for the inquest. All questions on this inquest should be directed to HM Coroner for Newcastle. As stated previously, the department will provide HM Coroner with whatever assistance it can.