Armed Forces: Radiation

House of Lords written question – answered on 14 September 2011.

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Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what blood analysis testing is carried out on members of the United Kingdom Armed Forces to detect and prevent genetic damage caused by radiation.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Members of the UK Armed Forces who are classified radiation workers undergo annual radiation medicals in accordance with the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999. These medicals are conducted by appointed doctors, appointed by the Health and Safety Executive in accordance with the regulations. There is no requirement to undertake any routine blood testing during these medicals and the decision to order any investigations is left to the clinical judgment of the appointed doctor based on the individual case. No routine testing to detect and prevent genetic damage is undertaken because no validated test currently exists for the levels of exposure seen during normal operations.

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