§ Mr. NANNETTI
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland was the £114,000 voted by this House to improve the salaries of the national teachers of Ireland intended, as stated by him at the time, to benefit every duly qualified teacher in the service of the National Board; if so, how is it that a few head teachers of model schools have not yet received any share of the grant; will he state the cause of the delay, and take the necessary steps to have these few teachers immediately paid their portion; have the Commissioners of National Education been in communication with the Lords of His Majesty's Treasury respecting the claims of those teachers, or of any of them; have the Commissioners recommended that they should not be excluded from participating in the benefit of the grant; and whether he will see that the Treasury have this monetary grievance of these few teachers promptly redressed?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
In the case of certain model school principal teachers who elected to remain under the system of payment in force prior to 1900, and who are consequently in receipt of supplemental salaries', no payment has been made, and in other cases a reduced payment has been made out of the grant of £114,000. Had the ordinary payments been made out of the grant in these cases it would have been necessary to ask the teachers to refund part of their supplemental salaries, as the rules fix a maximum limit of income for such teachers of £200 for males, and £150 for females. These teachers had profited substantially by electing to remain on the old system, and the Government therefore saw no reason for relaxing the rules in their favour.