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

8.

asked the Minister for Defence the total number of personnel in the army, navy and airforce in each of the past ten years; and the total annual cost of maintaining same.

: As the reply is in the form of a tabular statement, I propose, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, to circulate it with the Official Report.

Following is the statement:

Strength Permanent Defence Force

31 Mar. 1971

31 Mar. 1972

31 Mar. 1973

31 Mar. 1974

31 Dec. 1974

31 Dec. 1975

31 Dec. 1976

31 Dec. 1977

31 Dec. 1978

31 Dec. 1979

Army

7,852

9,072

9,677

10,376

10,539

12,478

13,395

13,406

12,382

11,989

Air Corps

459

464

539

535

632

665

721

702

697

680

Naval Service

352

396

402

401

431

510

546

642

673

703

Maintenance cost (£ million) in preceding 12 months

£12.9

£14.5

£20.1

£22.6

£20.3*

£41.2

£51.7

£58.0

£62.2

£74.0

* Cost refers to 9-month period only due to change in accounting period.

Note: Strengths are compiled for the last day of each month.

9.

asked the Minister for Defence the present number of persons comprising (i) the Army, (ii) Naval Service, (iii) Air Corps, (iv) First Line Reserve, (v) FCA and (vi) Slua Muirí.

10.

asked the Minister for Defence the total strength of the permanent defence force at 15 October 1980.

: With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Numbers 9 and 10 together. The information requested is as follows:

Strengths as at 30 September 1980

(1) Army

12,008

(2) Naval Service

697

(3) Air Corps

869

Total Permanent Defence Force

13,574

(4) First Line Reserve

443

(5) Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil

19,601

(6) Slua Muirí

412

Strength returns of the Permanent Defence Forces are compiled for the last day of each month.