§ MR. W. J. CORBET
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he is aware that National School teachers who are past their work, some of whom have served nearly forty years, but have not yet reached the age of sixty-five, to entitle them to the maximum pension, are holding on because of the small amount they can claim if they retire; whether he can state what progress the actuaries have made with the calculations concerning the proposed pension scheme; and, whether he would, in the interests of education, recommend the Lords of the Treasury to reduce the limit of age, so that it would be optional for male teachers to resign at sixty on full pension, and females at fifty-five?
§ MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
The powers of the Commissioners of Education enable them to deal with any such cases of inefficiency as those referred to in this Question. The valuation of the pension fund will not be finished for some weeks to come, and it would be premature to consider any alteration of the present scheme until the valuation is completed.