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Royal Irish Regiment

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Oral Statement of 9 March 2006, on the Royal Irish Regiment (Home Service), Official Report, columns 961-3, how many full-time members of the Royal Irish Regiment Home Service Battalions have indicated their intention to transfer to general service under the terms of the package; and whether the special payment for transfer also applies to transfer to the Royal Air Force. (93985)

[holding answer 16 October 2006]: As at 10 October, 27 officers and 44 soldiers from the Home Service Battallions of the Royal Irish Regiment have indicated a preference to transfer to general service terms and conditions. The General Service Engagement Bounty is only available to those home service personnel who wish to transfer and are accepted into the general service Army.

We remain hopeful that more home service personnel will take up this opportunity to continue with their career in the armed forces where they can continue to make a valuable contribution to defence.