§ MR. VESEY KNOX
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will consider the advisability of introducing among the rules of the National Board of Education a rule similar to rule 101 in the new English code, giving to schools, where the average attendance has been greatly reduced by the prevalence of an epidemic, a special grant making up the loss in the ordinary grant?
MR. G. RUSSELL
The Commissioners of National Education have reserved to themselves in their rules the power to deal leniently with schools whose attendances are reduced owing to epidemics, severe weather, or other causes of exceptional nature. The Commissioners do not see any ground, at present, for further modifying their rules to meet very exceptional cases.