HL Deb 10 May 1999 vol 600 c127WA
The Countess of Mar

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have obtained any information on the effects of low dose alpha radiation on the morbidity and mortality rates in Iraqi children as a result of contamination from depleted uranium used in Iraq during the Gulf War. [HL2096]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Gilbert):

The Government have not seen any peer-reviewed epidemiological research data concerning current morbidity or mortality rates among the population of Iraq. Hence, while we are aware of suggestions that the use of depleted uranium-based ammunition during the Gulf conflict has caused an increase in ill health in southern Iraq, we have so far seen no evidence to support these suggestions. Furthermore, there is no evidence that the ill health that is being reported from Iraq is uniquely associated with exposure to depleted uranium.