Page last updated at 20:52 GMT, Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Nuclear test veterans seek payout

Nuclear tests
Nuclear testing was carried out on Christmas Island in the South Pacific

Britain is out of step with governments around the world who have compensated nuclear test veterans who fell ill, the High Court has heard.

Three men from Coventry and Warwickshire are among 1,000 ex-servicemen seeking compensation for illnesses including cancer.

Benjamin Browne QC said science had linked their health and their role in the 1950s tests in the South Pacific.

The Ministry of Defence says it compensates when liability is proven.

Among the claimants are Patrick Burns, from Coventry, Thomas Armstrong, of Stratford-upon-Avon, and the wife and other relatives of John Ingram, from Nuneaton.

Print Sponsor

Compensation for nuclear veteran
25 Jul 06 |  Staffordshire
Veterans hoping for compensation
02 Mar 05 |  Cornwall
Australia probes nuclear test claims
23 Jan 09 |  Asia-Pacific

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2020 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific