Dáil Éireann - Volume 465 - 21 May, 1996
Written Answers. - Engineering Maintenance Department Closure.
Mr. Bree Mr. Bree
 315. Mr. Bree asked the Minister for Defence if his attention has been drawn to the fact that barrack foremen in the area of the Western Command have been advised that his Department intends to close the Engineering Maintenance Department in all barracks in the Western Command during the next 18 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10153/96]
Minister for Defence (Mr. Barrett) Minister for Defence (Mr. Barrett)
Minister for Defence (Mr. Barrett): The Deputy's question may arise from possible civilian employee concern or speculation about the impact of the Defence Forces Review Implementation Plan (Phase I), copies of which have been issued to all Deputies.
I would like to repeat the content of my recent reply to an earlier parliamentary question where I drew attention to the fact that the review plan states in Chapter 6 on “Building, Maintenance and Furnishing” that—
“The maintenance of military installation buildings will continue to be undertaken by existing civilian employee maintenance staffs for the Barrack commander... The evaluation of alternative means of maintaining barracks will be examined during Phase I.”
Of relevance also is the “Civilianisation” section of Chapter 8 (Special Studies) of the Implementation Plan which includes the statement that—
“There is a need for a detailed study to examine the role and deposition of all civilian personnel under the new arrangements. This will be carried out during the phase one plan and will be undertaken in conjunction with a study to identify areas where tasks undertaken by military personnel under the new arrangements might be civilianised or contracted out.”
Any changes that the proposed study may recommend in relation to existing  civilian employees will be notified to, and discussed with, all appropriate parties at as early a date as possible. The civilianisation study, along with a number of other special studies identified in the implementation plan, will be carried out over the 3-year time-frame allowed for in Phase I of the plan.
In the meanwhile, no civilian employee staff redundancies in the Western Command, or elsewhere, are contemplated and there are no plans for leaving any military post without maintenance services.
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