HC Deb 12 May 1854 vol 133 cc231-2

said, he begged to ask the Chief Secretary for Ireland if it were proposed to continue the grant of 500l. for provincial lectures in Ireland, hitherto made through the Royal Dublin Society, and if so, what change was to be made in the distribution?


said, that certain changes had taken place in the administration of the educational grants for this country, and corresponding changes had to be made in the grants for Ireland. In the correspondence which had taken place, it appeared that the Board of Trade recommended an increase instead of a diminution of the remuneration for the lectures referred to. There were at present professors of botany, chemistry, geology, and mineralogy, and they were employed in Ireland at a salary of 150l. each. It was now proposed to place these professors under the superintendence of the Board of Trade, and increase their salaries from 150l. to 200l. per annum, and in addition give them a share of the fees which would be received from the students. It was also intended to extend to the provincial towns in Ireland these branches of industrial education.

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