Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Defence Forces—Statistics.

asked the Minister for Defence if he will state (a) the total strength of the Permanent Force on the 1st March, 1949; (b) the total strength of the Reserve, 1st Line, on the 1st March, 1949, and (c) the total strength of the F.C.A. (Reserve 2nd Line) on the 1st March, 1949.

(a) The total strength of the Permanent Force on the 1st March, 1949, was 8,006.

(b) The combined total strength of the Reserve of Officers—First Line and Reserve of Men—First Line on the 1st March, 1949, was 5,482.

(c) The total effective strength of An Fórsa Cosanta Aitiúil on the 1st March, 1949, was 30,333.

asked the Minister for Defence if he will state (a) the actual number of Regular officers serving in the Permanent Force on the 1st March, 1949; (b) the actual number of Regular N.C.O.s serving in the Permanent Force on the 1st March, 1949; (c) the actual number of Regular privates serving in the Permanent Force on the 1st March, 1949.

The numbers in the different categories were:—(a) 1,057; (b) 2,387; (c) 4,562.