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Notice given 20 February 2003

1171  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) What are the targets for enlistments to the Reserves for each of the following financial years: (a) 2002-03; (b) 2003-04; and (c) 2004/05.

(2) Does the Government want to increase the size of the Reserves from its current strength; if so, why; if not, why.

(3) What is the Government’s estimate of the annual cost of the Reserves; and (b) can an explanation be provided of what costs are calculated in the global figure and the methodology of calculation.

(4) How much of the annual expenditure on the Reserves is spent on: (a) Army Reserves; (b) Navy Reserves; and (c) Air Force Reserves.

(5) Is the greater cost of Army Reserves simply proportional to the greater number of Army Reservists, or are there other reasons for the higher amount of spending on the Army Reserves.

(6) Are there any cost implications of the new categories of Reserve service introduced by the Defence Personnel Regulations 2002.