Mr. John D. Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the current strength of the Royal Irish Regiment in Northern Ireland; how many members are(a) full-time and (b) part-time; how many full-time members have (i) resigned and (ii) joined the regiment this year; and how many part-time members have (1) resigned and (2) joined the regiment this year. 
§ Mr. Doug Henderson
The current strength of The Royal Irish Regiment in Northern Ireland as at 30 September 1998 is 2,627 full-time, and 1,961 part-time, members.356W
The number of members who have resigned or given their intention to resign between 1 January and 30 September 1998 was 75 full-time and 131 part-time. Recruitment to the Regiment was 77 full-time and 131 part-time members.