HC Deb 01 July 1982 vol 26 c385W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, in view of difficulties that former Service men have in the past experienced when trying to obtain a war disability pension on the grounds that illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, arthritis, and rheumatism were caused or materially aggravated by military service, he will ensure that every effort will be made to see that no such obstacles are placed in the way of the Service men who took part in the Falkland Islands incidents.

Mr. Rossi

The establishment of a link between service and the injury or disease is basic to the war pensions scheme, but the ex-Service man is always given the benefit of any reasonable doubt about such a link. This applies to claims resulting from service in the South Atlantic as it does to other claims.