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Westminster Parliament

Nuclear Test Veterans

Oral Questions and Debates

Written Questions

Nuclear Test Veterans

Oral Questions

Prime Minister, Engagements, Oral Questions, 15 July 2009 : Column 286

Mr. Mark Todd (South Derbyshire) (Lab): Will my right hon. Friend reflect on the Ministry of Defence decision to appeal against the judgment that would allow hearings of cases of nuclear test veterans seeking compensation against the military for injury that they or their relatives may have suffered as a consequence of their exposure to nuclear explosion?

The Prime Minister: I will of course look at this, but as my hon. Friend knows, these are legal matters that have ended up in the courts and we must look very carefully at what we do.

Written Questions

Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure, Written Questions, 10 Jun 2009 : Column 867W

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the framework for the research to be commissioned on the prevalence of certain conditions among the children of nuclear test veterans; and to what extent related research conducted in other countries will be drawn upon in compiling that framework.

Mr. Kevan Jones: The working group that I announced in my written ministerial statement of 21 April 2009, Official Report, column 6WS, is in the process of being convened. This group will have responsibility for finalising the details of the proposed research projects. It is therefore not possible to provide an answer to these questions at this time. However, I will ensure that my hon. Friend is kept informed of developments.

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to the British Nuclear Test Veterans' Association request for recognition for nuclear test veterans; and when he expects to make a decision on that request.

Mr. Kevan Jones: The Ministry of Defence is not aware of a specific request for recognition from British Nuclear Test Veterans. The Government do, however, continue to recognise and be grateful to all the servicemen who participated in the nuclear testing programme. Their contribution ensured that the UK was equipped with an appropriate nuclear deterrent during the cold war which, thankfully, we never needed to use.

The Ministry of Defence is reviewing the judgment handed down in the High Court on 5 June and will make a statement at a future date.

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