§ MR. W. A. MACDONALD (Queen's Co., Ossory)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can state to the House his reason for departing from the intention he expressed of introducing this Session a Bill dealing with the question of free education in Ireland? I have to protest against the alteration of this question, and also that it appears in the name of a former Member who is dead.
§ [The question was in the name of Mr. Peter M'Donald.]
§ MR. MADDEN
The general views of the Government on this question may be gathered from the statements made in this House by my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary for Ireland. He was at one time in hope that he might be able to prepare and lay before the House a measure dealing with this question during the present Session. Owing, however, to the short time available for this purpose and the importance of the subject, it has not been found possible to complete the measure now in course of 1256 preparation so as to enable my hon. Friend to introduce it during the present Session.