§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter sent to invite Gulf war veterans who believe themselves to be suffering from illness originating from their service in the Gulf to present themselves for examination. 226W
§ Mr. Soames
Gulf veterans who inquire about attending the medical assessment programme are sent a factsheet giving information about the programme, how to register, and travel and accommodation arrangements. In addition, since the wider use of organophosphate pesticides came to light, we have written to a number of veterans who have previously attended the programme, and who exhibit a range of symptoms which may relate to OP pesticide exposure, inviting them to return for further assessment. Copies of this letter and the factsheet have been placed in the Library of the House.