Angus MP Mike Weir has joined a Parliamentary group seeking justice for British Nuclear Test Veterans. It represents veterans who worked with or alongside atomic material during the atomic tests beginning in the 1950s.
Between 1952 and 1967 over 20,000 servicemen participated in the British testing programme. Many were not told details of what was happening or given adequate protective clothing, leading many to believe that is why they have developed cancer and other health problems in later life.
Mr Weir said: “The 2011 Nuclear Test Veterans Health Audit shows that 75% of surviving veterans were either certain or thought it possible that the tests had damaged their health. Ultimately 84% believe that their main health condition was caused by radiation.
“The British Nuclear Test Veterans Association seeks to establish a Benevolent Fund to support atomic veterans and their descendents who have also suffered medical setbacks which can be attributed to their fathers’ exposure to radiation during these tests.”