Written Answers. - Defence Forces Appointments.

Billy Timmins

Question:

146 Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Defence the position with regard to the appointment of retired officers to the first line reserve; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5134/00]

No appointments to the reserve of officers first line were made pending the completion of the in-depth study of the reserve defence force by the ministerial steering group. The group's report is under consideration at present. The White Paper on Defence provides for a complete reorganisation of the reserve defence force. This reorganisation is an important element of the overall White Paper strategy and it will follow the publication of the above study and a consultative process.