§ MR. D. KILBRIDE (Galway, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1) whether he can state when he will introduce the Education Act Amendment (Ireland) Bill; (2) whether he has noticed in the report of the recent congress of Irish teachers, held in the Queen's College, Belfast, in Easter week, a resolution unanimously requesting that the limit of age for half-time employment be raised to 12 years; and also the report of the standing committee of the Roman Catholic Episcopacy of Ireland, held in April 1892, requesting that the age be raised to 13 years; and, (3) whether, as provision is made for raising the age in England in the Education Bill now before the House, provision will also be made in the Education Act Amendment (Ireland) Bill to raise the age limit?
§ * MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The hon. Member does not appear to be aware 740 that the Irish Education Act Amendment Bill was introduced on Tuesday night, and has already been distributed. I have seen the resolutions referred to in the second paragraph.