Thursday, 21 June 2012
Department of Justice, Equality and Defence
Defence Forces Expenditure
Question 141: To ask the Minister for Defence if he is satisfied regarding the availability of adequate resources to ensure the on-going upgrading of facilities and equipment for the Army, Navy and Air Corps with particular reference to the need to ensure availability and readiness in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30241/12]
I am satisfied that the level of resources available to the Defence Forces, including equipment and training resources, enables the Defence Forces to carry out their roles both at home and overseas. The acquisition of new equipment for the Defence Forces remains a focus for me as Minister for Defence. However, it is imperative that the Department and the Defence Forces, similar to all other Government Departments, must take into account the current difficult economic environment we are now operating in. The budgetary situation will continue to dictate the level of funding available for new equipment and upgrades. Decisions will be made accordingly on a strictly prioritised basis with a view to maintaining the capability of all roles assigned by Government to the Defence Forces. I am satisfied that the Defence Forces have the necessary resources to fulfil all roles assigned to them by Government including the provision of assistance in any emergency situations that may arise.