§ 111. Mr. HUGH BARRIE
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that in 1908 a Treasury Regulation was issued limiting the number of masters in the two higher grades of national schools, though it violated the Commissioners' rules and caused financial loss to a certain number of highly qualified teachers who had been certified; whether the Treasury has now conceded the claims of these teachers, but only gives effect to them as from 1st April, 1913, thus leaving them without the increment to which they were justly entitled for the years intervening; and what action does he propose to take in the matter?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
No new Regulation in regard to this matter was made by the Treasury in 1908, but in that year the Commissioners of National Education found it necessary to issue a notice to managers and teachers calling attention to the existing Regulation on the subject. As regards the last two paragraphs of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the question asked on this subject by the hon. Member for Mid-Armagh on the 19th February.