HC Deb 19 February 1917 vol 90 cc994-5W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland what steps the Government propose to take with reference to a war bonus to teachers in the Irish national schools whose salaries amount to more than £3 per week, and also to teachers in receipt of pensions; and whether, as the salaries paid to Irish national teachers average about two-thirds of the salaries paid to English and Scottish teachers, the salaries of Irish teachers will be raised to the same level as that of English and Scottish?


The Government has put school teachers in Ireland on the same footing as Civil servants in respect of war bonus, and is not able to do more.


asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if his attention has been called to the fact that 217 men, national school teachers, who were promoted in the period 1909–12, inclusive, have not received the increase of salary due to them during that period; and whether, in view of the fact that only about £6,000 is required to pay these arrears, he will represent to the Treasury the desirability of making provision for redressing this grievance?


I see no prospect of being able to make the increase of pay retrospective to any greater extent than is already sanctioned.