§ MR. MACVEAGH (Down, S.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether the National Board has yet fixed the standard numbers for the different grades of teachers; whether the numbers have been fixed by the Board or by the Treasury; whether in the latter event the Board has any power of alteration; and whether the arrangement of intergrade teachers was invented by the Board or by the Treasury.
(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) The standard numbers for the different grades have been fixed by the Commissioners and the Treasury. The teacher described as "inter-grade" are teachers whose average incomes for the three years ended 31st March, 1900(exclusive of capitation grant under the Irish Education Act of 1892), did not come within the scales fixed for the various grades of teachers, but fell between the maximum rate of one grade and the minimum rate of the next higher grade. This was merely incidental to the new system of payments.