Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Questions (292)

Ruairí Quinn


357 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Defence the list of all proposals in the report of the special group on public service numbers and expenditure relating to his Department or to bodies or agencies under his remit which have been implemented to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13880/10]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Defence)

All of the main savings measures identified in the Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes have been implemented, or alternative savings have been implemented, as follows:

Special group’s recommendation


Reduction in personnel in Permanent Defence Force and Department over 2 to 3 years.

Recommended reductions already achieved.

Rationalisation of Ireland’s overseas commitments — end participation in UN mission in Chad.

Commitment in Kosovo and Bosnia- Herzegovina will be scaled back in 2010.

Reduction of the Reserve Defence Force by two-thirds.

The number of paid training days available for RDF members reduced.

Close the sail-training scheme (Asgard II).

The sail-training scheme has been discontinued.

Further consolidation of property portfolio.

Additional property sales are planned in 2010.

Charge the full economic cost of aid to the civil power, aid to the civil authority services etc.

An Post, the Central Bank and other organisations will be charged for security services on the same basis as the commercial banks. The Central Bank has agreed to pay such costs while discussions with the other organisations have been initiated.

Extend the timeframe of the naval vessel replacement programme.

The final award of contract to purchase new naval vessels will be subject to Government approval and agreement on funding.

The Special Group's recommendation to close the Army Equitation School has not been accepted.