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Defence Forces

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna (377)

Duncan Smith

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377. Deputy Duncan Smith asked the Minister for Defence the expenditure on Defence Forces food in 2019 and 2020; the starting income and other allowances for Defence Forces chefs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29673/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

Defence Forces food requirements, both at home and overseas and encompassing rations, pack rations, provisions and front of house catering services, are provided for from within Subhead A.14.3.  (Defence Forces: Catering and Provisions) of the Defence Vote. The amounts spent on Defence Forces food requirements in 2019 and 2020 are set out in the table below.

 Year

 A.14.3:   Defence Forces: Catering and Provisions

 2019

 €7.3   million

 2020

 €7.4   million

Public Sector pay and allowance rates are determined centrally by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. All Defence Forces personnel are in receipt of basic pay and applicable allowances as determined by their rank, length of service and qualifications.

Currently, the ranks serving as Chefs in the Defence Forces are all pre-2013 entrants and range in rank from Corporal to Company Quartermaster Sergeant. The weekly basic pre-2013 pay rate of a Corporal extends from €628.69 to €662.63, with an additional entitlement to a weekly Military Service Allowance payment of €133.05. The weekly basic pre-2013 pay rate of a Company Quartermaster Sergeant extends from €785.38 to €845.05, with an additional entitlement to a weekly Military Service Allowance payment of €141.63. In addition, all pre-2013 Defence Forces Chefs with the appropriate qualifications also receive an additional Chef’s Allowance payment of €56.77 per week.

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