§ MR. R. POWER (Waterford)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he has received any communication respecting the Waterford Industrial School; whether the number of children in this school is in excess of the number for which a Government Grant is allowed; whether the school is capable of accommodating a larger number; whether the Government inspector has spoken in the most favourable terms of its management; and, whether, under the circumstances, he will consider the propriety of increasing the grant to the school?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. JOHN MORLEY) (Newcastle-on-Tyne)
, in reply, said, he had every desire to do whatever could be done for industrial schools in Ireland; but the Esti- 816 mates for the current year having been finally closed he was precluded from considering the merits of any application with regard to industrial schools at the present moment. He was informed that the Estimates for the ensuing year's service showed a considerable increase on the sum voted for the present year.
§ Mr. JOHN REDMOND (Wexford, N.)
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that last year precisely the same reply was delivered to a similar application by his Predecessor in Office?
§ [No reply.]