§ MR. H. O. ARNOLD-FORSTER (Belfast, W.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1) whether his attention has been called to the fact that the teachers in the Dee Street National School, Belfast, have not received any salary for the three quarters ending 31st December, 1897, although the work of the school has been carried on as usual; (2) what is the reason of the withholding of the salaries; (3) and when will the teachers be paid.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. GERALD BALFOUR,) Leeds, Central
The facts are as stated in the first paragraph. The difficulty in this case arises out of a question concerning the managership of the school, and the head inspector of the National Board of Education, who recently held an inquiry into the whole matter, has made to the Board a report which will be under consideration at their meeting on Tuesday next, when the question of the staff to be recognised and paid will be determined.