Thursday, 19 November 2009
Department of Defence
Defence Forces Operations
Question 43: To ask the Minister for Defence the number of bank cash escort duties carried out by the Defence Forces in 2008 and to date in 2009; the payments received from the banks to cover these duties; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42167/09]
The number of cash in transit escorts provided by the Defence Forces in 2008 was 2,210. The level of contributions by the Banks in respect of the costs incurred by the Defence Forces in the provision of Cash Escorts is subject to the agreement I concluded with the IBF and the member Banks in 2005. The banks are charged for their proportion of the total escorts provided i.e. approx. 78%. The remainder relates to post office escorts which are not subject to charge as they come under State expenditure. The total amount received from the Banks for 2008 was €7.45m.
The statistics compiled for the period January to August 2009 show that the number of escorts for that period was 1,429. Costs in respect of each 12 month period to end-December, are paid the following year, with payment for 2009 due on or before the 1st June 2010. This is to allow for the compilation of returns from the brigades and allocation of costs following the year-end.