§ MR. WHITWELL
asked the Vice President of the Council, Whether the Government is prepared to assist the Schoolmasters receiving Government Grants to establish a system of mutual superannuation?
§ MR. W. E. FORSTER
said, in reply, that the Question was a very important one, and the Education Department had very carefully considered whether it was possible for them to initiate some such system as that to which the hon. Member in his Question referred. They had found it impossible to take that step; but as there could be no doubt as to the importance of providing pensions for schoolmasters, the Government would be glad to consider a scheme for the purpose, if it could be drawn up on behalf of the managers, and intrusted to the hands, say of his hon. Friend, who had asked the Question now under consideration. They would do this the more gladly for the reason that, though they recognized the importance of the subject, the Government could not put itself in direct communication with such an immense body of men as the schoolmasters would shortly become under the operation of the Education Act of last Session.