New Forest East

DEFENCE – NUCLEAR TEST VETERANS (2) [158771] - 05 March 2023

DEFENCE – NUCLEAR TEST VETERANS (2) [158771] - 05 March 2023

Sir Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2023 to Question 148519 on Nuclear Test Veterans, whether the results of blood tests on personnel who witnessed nuclear test events (a) are held at the Atomic Weapons Establishment and (b) will be made available on request to the (i) veterans and (ii) surviving members of the families of deceased veterans; and if he will make a statement.  [158771]

[Due for Answer on 9 March]


The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of Statefor Defence People, Veterans and Service Families (Dr Andrew Murrison): The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) do not hold the blood test results for Nuclear Test Veterans. AWE holds a small number of references to blood and urine tests which were included in scientific documentation related to nuclear weapons trials. Veterans or members of their family are entitled to request information that may be held by AWE through Subject Access Requests, which will be handled in a routine manner.