§ MR. SEXTON
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If he is aware that in numerous cases the salaries due to Irish National teachers for the quarter ended September 30th have not yet been paid by the Education 788 Board; whether similar salaries are paid in advance in England; why repeated complaints have failed to induce the Department to pay salaries to the teachers in due time; and, whether any undertaking can now be given that payments will be punctually made hence forward?
§ MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
I believe that this is not the first time a Question of this kind has been asked in the House, and the answer given on a former occasion applies equally now. The salaries of the Irish National Teachers and Monitors—over 16,000 in number—are by means of considerable effort on the part of the officials concerned punctually paid on the succeeding quarter day. If upon that day no payment is made in any particular case or cases, it is because of some irregularity in the return of the manager or breach of rule involving inquiry. As a matter of fact, on the last pay day (14th of October), 94 per cent of the salaries due on the 30th of September were paid. If the hon. Member has in his mind any special case in which he thinks there has been delay, and will let me know the particulars, I shall make inquiry with regard to it.