§ MR. J. P. FARRELL
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, (1) whether complaints have been made to the Board of Education of the system of marking examination sheets adopted by the Board's Inspector of the Cavan No. 23 district; (2) is he aware that this gentleman uses a lead pencil to mark results in the marking paper; and, (3) whether all other school Inspectors are allowed to do similarly?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The reply to the first paragraph is in the negative. The Inspector of the district mentioned in marking the examination sheets does not use a lead pencil, but a blue pencil. The Inspectors are not strictly uniform in the description of the pencil used, and some of them even use ink in marking. No occasion has arisen to call for the interference of the Commissioners.