§ MR. JUSTIN M'CARTHY (for Mr. T. P. O'CONNOR)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether, as the establishment of the Royal University does away with the necessity of attendance at lectures in the Queen's Colleges, the class fees of several of the professors in the Galway College have fallen to one fifth of their former amount; whether this reduction amounts to thirty per cent on the income for the office when these professors originally accepted their appointments; and, whether there is no way by which this interference with the vested interests of an underpaid body of public servants can be remedied?
§ MR. TREVELYAN
I am informed that the diminution of class fees has been considerable — in some cases as large as stated by the hon. Member. It is probably too soon to judge of what the ultimate effect of the establishment of the Royal University may be; but, in any case, the matter is not one in which I am in a position at present to admit any claim on the part of those gentlemen, or to make any pledge.