§ MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN (Monaghan, N.)
asked the Vice President of the Committee of Council, What has been the result of his communication with the Commissioners of National Education in Ireland with regard to the eligibility of pupils enrolled in the sixth class in Irish National Schools to earn payments under the Science and Art Department at the May examinations?
§ THE VICE PRESIDENT (Sir LYON PLAYFAIR) (Leeds, S.)
Sir, in answer to the hon. Member I have to say that, owing to a misapprehension, the letter to the Commissioners of National Education in Ireland was only sent about 10 days ago, and we have not yet received an answer. The teachers in Ireland will not suffer, however, on account of this delay, as no change in the rules can be made until the new Directory or Code of the Science and Art Department has been issued, which will be in about six weeks. Before then, the matter will be fully inquired into.