Gulf War Illnesses

House of Lords written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Manchester Lord Morris of Manchester Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why their reporting of the research findings at Porton Down on effects of using pyridostigmine bromide and vaccines stated that they raised no cause for concern in relation to Gulf War illnesses when data in the published research indicated that such treatments, and in particular pyridostigmine bromide, have potentially important effects on the central nervous system; and why in the papers, both in the results and discussions sections, these data were either not mentioned or minimised.

Photo of Lord Drayson Lord Drayson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Defence Procurement), Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Procurement)

Government statements on the Vaccines Interactions Research Programme provide an accurate summary of the research findings. The study papers represent a full and accurate report of the results, the interpretation of which was the subject of oversight from an independent panel of experts and veterans representatives. In addition, they have been independently reviewed as part of the peer-reviewed publication process.

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