The cessation of studies into Gulf War issues.

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Ministry of Defence should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Ministry of Defence,

On the day of posting this question, marks 28 years since the end of the Gulf War (28th Feb 1991). This was just the beginning of the end for many. It is well documented that hundreds of thousands of coalition forces are suffering from Gulf War Illnesses, with tens of thousands already paying the ultimate sacrifice and dying from their illnesses.

Within FOI2018/09729 the Ministry of Defence (MoD) state:

'Our strategy on research topics and studies has been informed and overseen by
independent scientific experts nominated by the Medical Research Council, taking account
of published peer-reviewed international literature and studies. We have no plans to
undertake further specific research on Gulf War issues, however, we continue to monitor
any Gulf War research that is published around the world'.

To that end, could you please answer the following questions:

1. What date was it decided that the MoD had no plans to undertake further specific research on Gulf War issues?

2. Please provide the relevant letters/memos/orders relating to the cessation of studies into Gulf War issues.

Yours faithfully,

Andy Robertson

People-Sec-FOI Mailbox (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Mr Robertson,

Please find attached response to your correspondence.

Regards,

Defence People Secretariat

 

 

 

 

Dear People-Sec-FOI Mailbox (MULTIUSER),

It is over 28 years since the end of the Gulf War (Op Granby), with over 53,000 UK service personnel having took part and reports from different nations estimate that 25-32% of troops that took part are ill - this equates to between 13,000 - 17,000 British Service personnel ill, and yet the MoD cannot or will not tell me when you stopped your studies into Gulf War issues. Surely this date would readily be at hand.

Continuing on from my initial request Within FOI2018/09729 the Ministry of Defence (MoD) state:

'Our strategy on research topics and studies has been informed and overseen by
independent scientific experts nominated by the Medical Research Council, taking account
of published peer-reviewed international literature and studies. We have no plans to
undertake further specific research on Gulf War issues, however, we continue to monitor
any Gulf War research that is published around the world'.

1. Why would it cost over £600 just to give me a date? It must be listed somewhere, where the MoD deserted their Gulf War veterans. Surely this '£600 cop out' can not be used for every FOI request?

My other questions regarding studies etc will just be met with the £600 cop out, so to that end and no searching will be required, as this question is regarding something current.

2. Please give details of the department who are now carrying out the monitoring of Gulf War research, including the methodology they use in selecting studies, how they disseminate the findings of these studies and how they can be contacted (as I know for example the Italian study into Vaccinations was unheard of at the MoD and that was many months after it had been published). So surely if the MoD missed that, there must be many others missed.

3. Please list (this should not cost £600 to find out, as the MoD are currently monitoring this) what studies have been looked at by the MoD (since they have been monitoring studies) and what were the MoD's findings and recommendations?

I still find it shocking that the MoD refuse to spend £600 to answer 'certain' questions, and yet the US government are spending hundreds of millions of dollars in research on their Gulf War veterans. This just shows how little we are thought of. The MoD injected British forces with unlicensed drugs and without consent, using British Service personnel as guinea pigs and then abandoned them, despite the MoD knowing and acknowledging many thousands being ill or having already died.

Yours sincerely,

Andy Robertson

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Mr Robertson,

Receipt is acknowledged of your email of 4 April 2019. In accordance with the Code of Practice associated with the Freedom of Information legislation, we shall treat para 1 of your enquiry as a complaint about the handling of FOI2019/02623 and conduct an internal review.

The Department's target for completing internal reviews is 20 working days and we therefore aim to complete the review and respond to you by 5 May 2019. We are currently experiencing a heavy demand for our services at the present time. In the interests of providing you with a more realistic indication of when you should expect a response, we should advise that the majority are currently taking between 20 and 40 working days to complete. The internal review will involve a full, independent reconsideration of the handling of the information request as well as the final decision.

Paragraphs 2 and 3 are new information requests. We shall process these separately from the complaint under the following reference: FOI2019/04279.

Yours sincerely,

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team

People-Sec-FOI Mailbox (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Mr Robertson, 

 

Thank you for your email of 4 April 2019 requesting information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

The MOD response is attached.

 

MOD People Secretariat FOI

 

 

Dear People-Sec-FOI Mailbox (MULTIUSER),

Thank-you for your reply. However, you state that my question has been answered by Lord Howe in the House of Lords. If you look at my question and the answer you gave, it does not answer my question.

I would therefore like my questions answered, including the date the MoD pulled the plug on research. My questions are:

“1. Why would it cost over £600 just to give me a date? It must be listed somewhere,
where the MoD deserted their Gulf War veterans. Surely this '£600 cop out' can not be
used for every FOI request?
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2. Please give details of the department who are now carrying out the monitoring of
Gulf War research, including the methodology they use in selecting studies, how they
disseminate the findings of these studies and how they can be contacted (as I know
for example the Italian study into Vaccinations was unheard of at the MoD and that
was many months after it had been published). So surely if the MoD missed that,
there must be many others missed.
3. Please list (this should not cost £600 to find out, as the MoD are currently
monitoring this) what studies have been looked at by the MoD (since they have been
monitoring studies) and what were the MoD's findings and recommendations?”

Yours sincerely,

Andy Robertson