HL Deb 03 April 2001 vol 624 cc109-10WA
The Countess of Mar

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why it is impossible for new teams of officials or new Ministers who take over responsibility for Gulf veterans from previous teams (except at the time of a change of government in the case of Ministers) to refer to the information obtained by, and emanating from, their predecessors. [HL1330]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean)

The Ministry of Defence is committed to providing information to Parliament on matters of potential relevance to the issue of Gulf veterans' illnesses. This commitment has been continually demonstrated in the work undertaken by my department's Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Unit. If the noble Countess would care to write to me with more details of her concerns, I will investigate them further.