asked the Minister for Finance whether he is aware that when the period of service of an inspector who had been a national teacher is being computed for the purposes of the Superannuation Acts, the period of service of such inspector as a national teacher is not added thereto, and if he will introduce legislation to permit of this being done.

I am aware of the fact stated by the Deputy and am prepared sympathetically to consider the claim that full-time service as a Primary School Teacher should be reckonable in calculating the pension of the individual as an inspector. As a concession in this respect would involve a charge on the Teachers' Pension Fund, I am unable to undertake that the necessary legislation can be introduced until the result of the actuarial examination of the fund, which is being carried out, is known.