§ Mr. Livingstone
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many pension awards have been made by the War Pensions Agency to service personnel(a)who are claiming to suffer from gulf war syndrome and (b)who have claimed disablement as a result of being the subject of tests and studies at the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment at Porton Down.
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
No awards have been made in respect of alleged Gulf war, or Desert Storm, syndrome, which is not recognised as a discrete medical condition. Eleven awards have been made in respect of ex-service personnel making such claims, but in all cases the awards were for recognised medical conditions.
The other information requested is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.