§ MR. VESEY KNOX (Londondery)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, whether the Commissioners of National Education are responsible for the substitution of the principle of 10s. per child in average attendance for that of nine-eightieths of the English grant in framing the Estimates for this year, and who first suggested the change; and whether, in the event of the Commissioners wishing in any future year to revert to the principle of nine-eightieths the Treasury will offer any objection?
§ * MR. HANBURY
The Commissioners are not responsible in the sense that they suggested the alteration. The suggestion was made by the Treasury with the concurrence of the Irish Office, and the Commissioners accepted the provision for the present year without prejudice to their claim for the nine-eightieths of the English grant. I can hardly be expected now to express an opinion as to future years, but if the Education Commissioners should wish to raise the point in connection with any future Estimates, no doubt their representations would meet with due consideration at the proper time.