§ Sir JOHN LONSDALE
asked the Chief Secretary how many elementary teachers promoted in the years 1909–12 did not receive a corresponding increase of salary in consequence of the Treasury Regulation of 1909; what was the total saving to the Treasury effected at the expense of these officials; whether the Commissioners of National Education have applied to the Treasury for permission to pay the arrears of grade salary and increment claimed by these teachers under Rules 105 (a) and 108 (b); and if he is able to state that the Treasury will authorise payment of this money at an early date?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
During the period mentioned 222 teachers were promoted by the Commissioners of National Education, but did not receive the corresponding increase of salary owing to the fact that there were not sufficient vacancies in the grades to which they were promoted. The increase in salaries to which these teachers would have been entitled if the vacancies had existed is in all about £4,000. The Treasury have now consented to an increase, from the 1st April, 1913, in the standard number of teachers in the first grade, on condition that in future no promotion shall be made in excess of the authorised numbers. I am unable to recommend the claim of the teachers referred to above in respect to the period previous to the 1st April, 1913, during which they were awaiting vacancies.