Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Department of Defence
Defence Forces Personnel
Question 218: To ask the Minister for Defence if he will ensure that the allowance paid to Permanent Defence Force cadre staff in respect of working in conjunction with the Reserve Defence Force will not be abolished in view of the financial hardship this will cause to many members; if he will ensure that the allowance is retained in view of the fact that it has been in existence for over 40 years; the future plans for the RDF should this allowance be abolished; if the RDF will also be abolished; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4575/11]
The allowance referred to in this question is a matter subject to litigation in the High Court. In those circumstances it would be inappropriate for me to comment on that portion of the question. A Value for Money review of the reserve is presently underway. It is expected that the findings of the review will contribute to the development of future plans for the reserve.