Headquarters Defence Medical
Headquarters Defence Medical Services
Defence Medical Services Whittington
Date: 31 August 2023
Dear Mr Roberts,
Thank you for your enquiry of 9 August 2023 to the Ministry of Defence (MOD), in which you asked
“Wellcome (Now GSK)/MerieuxUK supplied the pertussis in 1990 that would be used in
experimental combinations on our Gulf War troops from Jan 91.
Were these companies given immunity from claims/prosecution in any form?”
Your enquiry is being treated as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) 2000. A search for the information has now been completed within the Ministry of Defence,
and I can confirm that no information in scope of your request is held.
If you have any queries regarding the content of this letter, please contact this office.
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Information Commissioner under the provisions of Section 50 of the FOIA. Please note that the
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Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Further details
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HQ Defence Medical Services