Gulf War Illnesses

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at on 11 October 2007.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Manchester Lord Morris of Manchester Labour

My Lords, while I am grateful to my noble friend, is it not disquieting that, 17 years on from the conflict, wrangling with veterans over pensions still drags on, with no visible sign of closure? Can he now at least make it clear that Gulf War syndrome will be fully recognised as a meaningful condition by the MoD, both publicly and when making assessment decisions, as it is by the Pensions Appeal Tribunal?

Finally, is it not deeply shaming that Gulf War veteran Terence Walker, whose case I raised orally earlier this year, his pension having been cut from 100 per cent to 40 per cent, died shortly after being left, together with dependent children—to quote his own words—"in financial ruin"? What sort of appreciation does that betoken of those prepared to lay down their lives for this country?