Written Answers. - Army Strength.

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asked the Minister for Defence the number of Army personnel on the 1st January, 1973, and on 1st January, 1974; and the present Army strength.

Strength returns of the Permanent Defence Force are complied for the last day of each month. The strength of the force, excluding the Naval Service, was 10,068 on 31st December, 1972, 10,262 on 31st December, 1973 and 12,736 on 30th September, 1975.