Written Answers. - Defence Forces Personnel.

Noel Ahern

Question:

67 Mr. N. Ahern asked the Minister for Defence the current strength of permanent and reserve Defence Forces; in respect of those on the reserve Defence Forces, the annual payment made to these individuals; and the total expenditure per year in this year.

On 3 May 1994 the strengths of the Permanent and Reserve Defence Forces were as follows: Permanent Defence Force, 13,003; First-Line Reserve, 638; An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil, 15,291; An Slua Muirí, 383.

Members of the First-Line Reserve are eligible to receive the following annual gratuities: Colonel/Lieutenant-Colonel/ Commandant, £392; Captain, £267; Lieutenant/Second-Lieutenant, £179; Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, £125; Sergeant/Corporal, £88; Private, £71.

Members of the FCA and Slua Muirí who attend annual training are eligible to receive gratuities amounting to £108 for sub-unit commanders, £71 for all other officers, £57 for Non-Commissioned Officers and £42 for privates. In addition such personnel will also receive a week's pay at the rate appropriate to their rank. Subhead D of the Defence Vote provides for the costs of the Reserve Defence Force and in 1994 a sum of £2,490,000 has been allocated for pay and gratuities.

Paul Bradford

Question:

68 Mr. Bradford asked the Minister for Defence the number of recruits, by Command, who joined the FCÁ in each of the years from 1991 to 1993; and the strength, by Command, of the FCÁ in those years.

The details requested by the Deputy are as follows:

Number of Personnel Enlisted in the FCÁ

Command

1991

1992

1993

Eastern

610

705

859

Southern

859

855

1,134

Western

947

986

1,085

Curragh

246

328

362

Total

2,662

2,874

3,440

CLASS="CP">Strength of FCÁ

Command

31 December 1991

31 December 1992

31 December 1993

Eastern

2,755

2,837

2,924

Southern

5,497

5,522

5,536

Western

5,095

5,113

5,096

Curragh

1,946

1,987

2,008

Total

15,293

15,459

15,564