§ Mr. KEATING
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if he is aware that on the passage of the Local Government (Ireland) Act, 1898, a sum of money was allotted for the payment of educational and other expenses, including the whole of the workhouse teachers' salaries; that the standard set up for arriving at that amount was the salaries of those teachers for the preceding year; that from this fund the whole of the salaries of workhouse teachers are refunded to their respective boards of guardians through the local accounts grant; and will he take steps to prevent the workhouse teachers from being excluded from the proposed war bonus to national teachers as they are subject to the same conditions of service?
§ Mr. DUKE
The payment for workhouse teachers' salaries is by virtue of the Local Government Act, 1902, Section 6 (2), limited to the amount which was paid for that purpose in each ease in the year ended 31st March, 1902. As regards the latter part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to his question on the 26th October last by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer.