28 April 2009
Study represents "glimmer of justice" for veterans seeking compensation
Veterans who were involved in the nuclear tests conducted by the British military in the 1950s may be a step closer to being able to claim compensation.
This is according to former RAF leading aircraftman John Taylor, who made his comments in the wake of an announcement by the government into new research, the Journal reports.
Between 1952 and 1958, the UK conducted 21 atmospheric nuclear tests in Australia at Malden Island and Christmas Island and a number of servicemen involved claim they have experienced ill-effects on their health and their children's health as a result.
Defence minister Kevan Jones recently launched a study on the impact of the tests on veterans' health.
Responding to the development, Mr Taylor said it represented a "glimmer of justice" for veterans.
However, he added: "I hope this is not a token gesture - the inquiry is going to take a long time and that is putting a lot of the veterans' lives at risk."
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