§ Mr. T. P. O'CONNOR
asked the President of the Board of Education whether Irish-trained elementary teachers who have had teaching service both in Ireland and England, and who are recognised by the Board of Education as certificated, are being treated on a different footing from those Scottish elementary teachers Who are employed by the Board under parallel circumstances?
§ Mr. FISHER
I presume that the hon. Member refers to a Circular of the Board, No. 1234, upon the subject of service, rendered in schools other than public elementary schools in England and Wales, which the local education authority, in calculating an elementary school teacher's salary, may desire to add to his service in public elementary schools. The Circular is in accordance with the Burnham Committee's interpretation of Section 9 (b) of their own Report of 30th September, 1920, with respect to the kinds of school which under existing conditions may properly be accepted for this purpose. Its effect is to limit these to certain sorts of schools under the inspection of the Board of Education, but to make an exception for schools in Scotland for the reason that, in respect of the conditions of service and educational organisation there is a very close resemblance between English and Scottish schools which for many years were inspected by the same Education Department.