§ MR. OCTAVIUS V. MORGAN (Battersea)
I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education if lie will state the number of teachers in elementary schools who became such, as pupil teachers, students in training, or masters or mistresses under the Pension Minutes of 21st December 1846, and 6th August 1851, respectively; how many have become eligible for pensions under each of these Minutes, and have applied for them; and, how many have been refused, and, on what grounds so refused?
§ MR. KIMBER
asked how many teachers who became such under the Minutes of December 21, 1846, were still engaged in elementary schools, and what provision was made, or intended to be made, for them as regarded pensions to induce them to relinquish work for which their great age disqualified them.
§ THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL (Sir W. HART DYKE,) Kent, Dartford
I am unable to state the number of these teachers; but with regard to the limited class who became so between 1846 and 1851, I have promised to grant a Return showing the number who have applied for pensions, and stating how many have been refused. The terms offered to them, I may add in reply to the next question, are set forth in Article 135 of the Code, and are not, as my hon. Friend is aware, fettered by any limitation as to the number of pensions that may be granted.
§ MR.GILLIAT (Clapham)
asked the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether his attention had been called to the application of Mr. Edmund Heller, who for a period of 34 years was engaged as principal teacher in various elementary schools and had 710 fulfilled all the conditions of the Minutes of December 21, 1846; and, if so, whether he could state the grounds on which such application was refused?
§ SIR W. HART DYKE
This application was considered as long ago as November, 1884, when Mr. Heller was informed that three of the principal conditions required by Article 134 of the Code were not satisfied in his case. As a matter of fact, he had been employed as traveling agent to a publisher for some years preceding his application.