§ Mr. O'SHEE
asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that in the years 1901 and 1902 temporary inspectors, acting on behalf of the Intermediate Education Board in Ireland, visited all the principal intermediate schools and obtained particulars as to the salary and length of service of every lay assistant teacher then engaged in these schools; will he say what was the number of lay assistant teachers, male and female, respectively, as then ascertained in Irish intermediate schools; and whether, with a view to the calculation of the amount necessary for the pension fund for intermediate teachers, as suggested by Messrs. Dale and Stephens in their Report, he will state how many of these teachers had, in the years mentioned, 25, 30, and 35 years' service?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The following table gives the number of assistant lay teachers and also the number of those with 25, 30, and 35 years' service, engaged in intermediate schools in Ireland, according to the Reports supplied by the temporary inspectors of the Commissioners of Intermediate Education in 1901–2:—
MALE. No. of Assistant Lay Teachers. 26 years' Service. 30 years' Service. 35 years' Service. 600 16 8 7 FEMALE. 438 9 — 1