Dáil Éireann - Volume 470 - 15 October, 1996

Written Answers. - Army Development.

304. Dr. O'Hanlon asked the Minister for Defence the plans, if any, he has to increase the number of soldiers serving in the Border area in view of their increased responsibility; the plans, if any, he has to improve conditions for soldiers serving in the Border area: and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18608/96]

Minister for Defence (Mr. Barrett): It is not the practice of my Department to give precise details of the number of disposition of troops serving in the Border area or any changes relating to these matters. The situation is kept under continuous review and changes are made in the light of operational requirements. There are no proposals at present to alter the conditions of service of personnel serving in the Border area.