§ MR. T. M. HEALY (Louth, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland what decision has been arrived at with regard to the request of the rector of Killinchy, County Down, that a Roman Catholic or a Unitarian honorary inspector should be appointed by the Government to secure greater impartiality of decision as to the claims of Episcopalians and Presbyterians in reference to the local endowed schools scheme; and, how long has this question been under consideration?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The Rev. Dr. Todd Martin, one of the Commissioners of Intermediate Education, has been appointed inspector of these 829 schools, in pursuance of the Educational Endowments Act of 1885. The appointment is for one year only, and Dr. Martin has kindly consented to act without fee. I have every reason to believe he will perform his duties with efficiency and impartiality. The question of appointing an Inspector of these schools has been under consideration for nearly 12 months.