HC Deb 01 March 1983 vol 38 c110W
27. Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made examining the medical records of those present at the Maralinga nuclear tests.

Mr. Ian Stewart

The survey which the Ministry of Defence announced on 12 January is to be a statistical study of cancer morbidity and deaths based on the national records available to the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys and will not involve the examination of individual medical records. The first stage is for the Ministry of Defence to assemble the particulars on individual test participants in a suitable form for OPCS to trace their records. Arrangements have already been taken to complete this labour-intensive task in an effective manner.