HC Deb 20 April 1893 vol 11 cc773-4
MR. WILLIAM KENNY (Dublin, St. Stephen's Green)

I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will either grant a Return of, or state, the numbers of the schools of science and -art in Ireland, the science and art classes, the teachers and assistant teachers, and students who will lose the benefit of grants from the Imperial Government under the Science and Art Department in case the Government of Ireland Bill becomes law; and whether, in the latter event, the students of the science and art schools in Ireland under the new Constitution will be entitled to compete for the National and other Scholarships and Queen's Prizes as they do at present?


A Return on this point is not necessary, as full information is already given in the Calendar and Annual Report of the Science and Art Department. I demur to the suggestion that any benefits will be lost. Full provision is made in the Bill for the Government of Ireland in respect of the grants now made by the Imperial Government towards Irish education. From such experience as I possess I believe that better provision will be made for technical education in Ireland under an Irish Legislature than is made at the present time. The Royal Exhibitions and National Scholarships are open to all British subjects, and I see no reason why they should not continue so. The question of the Queen's Prizes may be one for further consideration.