§ Mr. O'DONNELL
asked how many superintendents were employed by the Intermediate Education Board, Ireland, at the annual examinations in the years 1911 and 1912, respectively; what was the total cost in salaries and travelling expenses each year; how much was expended on those who were not teachers; and whether, in view of the salaries paid to assistant teachers in Irish secondary schools, and the number of them available to perform this work efficiently, steps will be taken to secure that while this expenditure of public money is continued it should go to those actually engaged in teaching?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The number of superintendents employed by the Intermediate Education Board in 1911 and 1912 was 320 and 322 respectively. The amount of their remuneration in 1911 was £4,695, and in 1912 £3,456. The travelling expenses incurred by superintendents in 1911 was £792, but the amount incurred in 1912 is not yet known. It would take some time 997W to ascertain in every case whether or not the superintendents appointed are at present engaged as teachers in intermediate schools, and without this information it would be impossible to give an estimate as to how much was expended on those who are not teachers. Approximately 75 per cent, of the superintendents employed this year were teachers.