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Armed Forces: Waste Disposal

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 15th November 2018.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of burn pits used to dispose of military waste on the health of people who served in the British armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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

The Ministry of Defence has not made any assessment of the effect of burn pits used by the US to dispose of military waste on the health of members of the UK Armed Forces who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Where burn pits are used on military operations the UK regularly monitors air quality levels.

If Serving personnel consider that their health has been affected they should seek medical advice from Joint Medical Group, previously Defence Medical Services. For veterans, their healthcare is provided by the National Health Service in England and the Devolved Administrations. Individuals who believe that they are ill as a result of their service are able to claim compensation through the War Pensions Scheme for the period up to 6 April 2005 and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme for illnesses and injuries on or after 6 April 2005

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