HC Deb 09 May 1873 vol 215 c1720

I wish, Sir, to put a Question to the Prime Minister with respect to the Order of Business on Monday night. I observe that last night, the noble Lord the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland placed a Notice upon the Paper of his intention to move on Monday night for the appointment of a Select Committee to inquire into and report to the House the circumstances of the dismissal by the Commissioners of National Education in Ireland of the Rev. Robert O'Keeffe from the office of Manager of the Callan male, female, and infant National Schools and the Newtown and Coolagh National Schools by their order of April 23, 1872, and of the removal of the said schools from the roll of National Schools by their order of the 7th January, 1873. I wish to know, Whether it is proposed to bring the Motion on on Monday; and, whether it is intended that it shall have precedence of the Orders of the Day, or when it can be debated?


Such a Motion as that it is quite plain could only go on in the way proposed if it were received with general and unanimous approval by the House. If I am to understand from my right hon. Friend that there is a disposition to raise a debate upon that Motion, undoubtedly we must make some arrangement in the course of the evening in respect to the time of taking it; and before the House closes I shall be prepared to make a statement upon the subject.


I asked the Question, because I propose to give the following Notice of an Amendment to the Motion:—To leave out all the words after the word "That," in order to insert these words— This House having already before it, and having partly ordered to be laid before it, Copies of all the Minutes of Proceedings and of all Correspondence with the Board of National Education in Ireland, relating to the school at Callan, and to the Rev. Father O'Keeffe, will pass to the Orders of the Day.

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