PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY INTO NUCLEAR TEST VETERANS 08.11.2007
Baron, John 4 signatures
Bottomley, Peter Gibson, Ian Russell, Bob
That this House notes the 50th anniversary of the beginning of British nuclear weapons tests at Christmas Island on 8th November 1957; further notes that servicemen involved in nuclear tests have subsequently attributed cases of ill health to their exposure to radiation during and after the tests; welcomes the conclusions of a recent cross-party inquiry into nuclear test veterans chaired by the hon. Member for Billericay and the hon. Member for Norwich North; believes that the current system for hearing claims for compensation is inconsistent, unfair and in need of complete reform, and that far greater recognition of this problem and co-operation with veterans is required from the Ministry of Defence; and therefore calls on the Government to respond positively to the recommendations of the inquiry, undertake new scientific studies into the effects of nuclear tests on human health, work with veterans to create a new framework for hearing claims for compensation, and ultimately honour its duty of care towards this loyal and dignified group of servicemen and their families.