HC Deb 02 May 2001 vol 367 c645W
Mr. Matthew Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 6 March 2001,Official Report, columns 188–89W, on Porton Down, if he will request officials in his Department to conduct an evaluation of the 1993 report by the US Institute of Medicine entitled, "Veterans at Risk - the Health Effects of Mustard Gas and Lewisite". [157402]

Yvette Cooper

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 6 March 2001,Official Report, columns 188–89W. As I made clear, the purpose of the Department's message was only to make general practitioners aware of the Ministry of Defence's medical assessment programme. The Department has no plans to review in detail the health effects of the chemicals that may have been used at Porton Down or international reports on such chemicals as this is a matter for the MOD.