§ Mr. HUGH LAW
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that a national school teacher on promotion from second division of first grade to first division of first grade loses a war bonus of 6s. per week, or £15 12s. per annum, and is obliged to pay an extra pension premium of £2 17s. 4d. per annum, whereas the increase in salary only amounts to £8 per annum; and whether any arrangements have yet been made to recoup this loss on promotion?
§ Mr. SHORTT
The Commissioners of National Education inform me that the Treasury sanction was obtained recently for a modification of the Regulations regarding the war bonus payable to teachers promoted to first division of the first grade on and after 1st December, 1917, which secures such teachers against Buffering any temporary loss to income from grade salary and war bonus combined as the result of their promotion. The alteration in the Regulations applies retrospectively and payment is being made at present of the arrears of war bonus due for service given since 1st December last by the teachers who are affected by the concession.