§ Mr. O'DOWD
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he intends to make provision for a reform of the Irish national teacher's pension scheme, which he has already admitted is in an unsatisfactory position; and, if so, whether he will consider the following recommendations, namely, that the pensions of teachers who have served the full term of service should be raised to two-thirds of the annual emoluments paid them by the Board, provided in all cases that no pension allowance be less than that for which pensions have been paid by the pension recipient; that in cases where 1638 teachers are required to retire through breakdown a bulk sum, consisting of one year's salary, should be given to each compulsorily retired teacher who has given five to ten years' service; that on the completion of thirty-five years' service by men and thirty years by women retirement upon the fraction of full pension, calculated on the above basis, should be optional to all teachers; and that teachers who have retired should participate in any future amendments in the pension scheme?
Mr. McKINNON WOOD
My right hon. Friend has undertaken to consider this question when, the Insurance Bill has passed into law. In doing so he will be glad to give consideration to any recommendations that may be laid before him from any responsible source.