Defence Business Services
Mr Arthur Boyd
21 February 2017
Dear Mr Boyd,
Thank you for your email of 20 November 2016 requesting the following information in
respect of Nuclear Test Veterans: The number of participants who were later awarded a War Pension for DDT
poisoning and the numbers from each of the three services individually.
As the cost of answering this request exceeded the appropriate cost limit under s12 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), it was suggested that you may wish to refine
your request to bring the cost of compliance under this limit. On 20 December 2016 you
refined your request to the following. “Human Health Harms
The science on DDT’s human health impacts has continued to mount over the years,
with recent studies showing harm at very low levels of exposure. Studies show a
range of human health effects linked to DDT and its breakdown product, DDE:
Breast & other cancers
Miscarriages & low birth weight
Nervous system & liver damage”
As a number of the above were considered to be symptoms as opposed to medical
conditions, you were asked to further refine your request and confine it to specific
medically certified conditions only. On 24 January you refined your request to just those
suffering from “Nervous System and Liver Damage”.
I am treating your correspondence as a request for information under the FOIA.
A search for the information has now been completed within the Ministry of Defence, and I
can confirm that no awards have been made to Nuclear Test Veterans under the War
Pension Scheme for Nervous System and Liver Damage associated with DDT exposure.
If you are not satisfied with this response or you wish to complain about any aspect of the
handling of your request, then you should contact us in the first instance at the address
above. If informal resolution is not possible and you are still dissatisfied then you may
apply for an independent internal review by contacting the Information Rights Compliance
team, Ground Floor, MOD Main Building, Whitehall, SW1A 2HB (e-mail CIO-FOI-
. Please note that any request for an internal review must be made within 40
working days of the date on which the attempt to reach informal resolution has come to an
If you remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you may take your complaint to the
Information Commissioner under the provisions of Section 50 of the Freedom of
Information Act. Please note that the Information Commissioner will not normally
investigate your case until the MOD internal review process has been completed. Further
details of the role and powers of the Information Commissioner can be found on the
Commissioner's website, http://www.ico.org.uk.
Defence Business Services Secretariat