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Friday, 20 March 1987
Page: 1273

(Question No. 5038)

Mr Tim Fischer asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 17 February 1987:

How many instances of (a) spondylosis, (b) spondylolises, (c) spondylolisthesis, (d) haemorrhoids, (e) vericocele, (f) degenerative condition of spine and (g) strain of lumbo sacral spine have been accepted as service related disabilities in World War II veterans.

Mr Holding —The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's questions:

Unfortunately the information you have requested is not readily accessible from the Department's records.

All the disabilities accepted as war-caused in World War II veterans are not recorded on the Department's computer files.

Further, where war-caused disabilities are recorded on the Department's computerised Client Data Base, these are in narrative form on an individual client basis. With the exception of Vietnam Veterans, the disabilities are not encoded to enable automatic analysis of the type you have requested.