§ Mr. Tynan
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what measures are taken by his Department to ensure that the medical records of members of the armed forces are not lost; 
(2) what measures he takes to ensure that individual members of the armed services are not disadvantaged in the event of their medical records being lost. 
§ Dr. Moonie
[holding answer 14 February 2001]: Every care is taken in my Department to ensure that service personnel medical records are securely stored and not misplaced. A receipt note is used to cover the physical transfer of medical records, which is enclosed with the documents for immediate return by the receiving unit to the sending unit. In the event of a medical record going astray, it could be partially reconstructed from secondary sources.