§ Mr. SWIFT MacNEILL
asked the Chief Secretary how much was expended during the past financial year by the Commissioners of Education in Ireland, the Irish Intermediate Education Board, the Office of the Chief Inspector of Industrial Schools for Ireland, and the Department of Agriculture for Ireland on inspection, and examinations?969W
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The expenditure by the Commissioners of National Education in Ireland on ordinary inspection and examinations for the financial year 1912–13 was £49,239 10s. 5d. A further sum of £8,724 6s. 6d. was expended in the same year on salaries and travelling expenses, etc., of inspectors and organisers of special branches of instruction. The amount expended by the Intermediate Education Board during the year ended 31st December, 1913, on inspection was £4,350 19s. 8d., and on examinations £13,112 1s. 2d. During the financial year 1912–13 the expenditure on inspection and examination in connection with reformatory and industrial schools including970W travelling expenses) was £1,754 6s. 7d. A large number of examinations are conducted by the Inspectors of the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction and by the staff of the Royal College of Science. The remuneration for this work is included in the salaries paid in respect of their offices, and it is not feasible to give even an approximation of the amount which might be regarded as the proportion payable in respect of this part of their duties. During the past financial year, however, a sum of £1,131 was paid in respect of the printing of examination papers and fees and travelling expenses of external examiners.