Gulf War Syndrome

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 16th October 2017.

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Photo of David Linden David Linden SNP Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on Gulf War Syndrome.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

No recent discussions have taken place with the Secretary of State for Health regarding Gulf War Syndrome.

We have already undertaken a substantial amount of research which has indicated there is no illness which is specific to 1990/91 Gulf Veterans.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) continues to keep a watching brief on Gulf Veterans illness but in line with the Medical Research Council review of 2003 has no plans to institute further research either on causation or clinical management.

However we have long accepted that some veterans from the 1990/91 Gulf conflict are ill and that some of this ill health is related to their Gulf service. Financial support is available to such veterans through the War Pensions Scheme administered by the MOD's Veterans UK organisation. In addition the Veterans Welfare Service provide a caseworker approach that offers advice and guidance.

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