HC Deb 15 July 1908 vol 192 cc828-9

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland what is the initial salary for a teacher in Irish primary schools; and whether, seeing that the adequacy of the initial salary has a considerable effect in inducing good men to enter the teaching profession, he will, in the interests of education, reconsider his scheme for the allocation of the proposed grant by increasing the initial salaries for all teachers and by recasting the scale of increments.

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland what provision is made for assistant teachers in Irish national schools in the allocation of the proposed grant; and whether, seeing that these men pass the same examinations, undergo the same course of training, do equal work, and are responsible in their schools as principals, and that according to the existing rules they are all paid only third-grade salary regardless of qualification or efficiency, steps will be immediately taken to make sonic adequate provision for this large body of Irish teachers in the new grant.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The initial salary of national school teachers is for

Number of Units of work. Cost of Living Index Number.
Brentford 53 111
Kingston 343 115
Richmond 259 111
Southall 53 108
Twickenham 140 No information at present.
Woolwich 312 116

Acton, Blackheath, Chiswick, Hanwell, and Wimbledon are in the London postal area, and for these places there are no units of work or index numbers of cost of living which can form comparison with those quoted above for provincial towns.