Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Army Statistics.

asked the Minister for Defence if he will state the total strength of the Army (a) on 1st April, 1946; (b) on 1st January, 1947, and (c) at the present time, including the number of officers, other ranks, cadets, chaplains, nurses and Construction Corps.

As the reply is in the nature of statistical information, I propose, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle and with the Deputy's consent, to have it published in the Official Report.

Following is the information:—

STRENGTH OF THE DEFENCE FORCES (INCLUDING CADETS, CHAPLAINS AND CONSTRUCTION CORPS PERSONNEL) AS ON THE DATES SHOWN BELOW

Officers

Other Ranks

Cadets

Chaplains

Construction Corps

TOTALS

Strength as on 1st April, 1946

2,131

10,839

44

26

1,286

14,326

Strength as on 1st January, 1947.

1,098

7,456

70

19

1,299

9,942

Strength as on 1st March, 1947.

1,095

7,567

70

18

1,188

9,938

STRENGTH OF ARMY NURSING SERVICE AS ON THE DATES SHOWN BELOW.

Strength as on 1st April, 1946

173

Strength as on 1st January, 1947

115

Strength as on 1st March, 1947

113