§ MR. FLYNN
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he has seen a copy of a memorandum issued by the National Teachers Association of Ireland, in reference to certain provisions contained in the proposed new rules and regulations issued by the Commissioners of National Education, and the probable injury to the cause of primary education; and whether, in view of the fact that the extract from said rules was only issued a few days ago, the Government will delay their adoption of them for a period of about six months, in order to give the managers of schools and the school teachers an opportunity of considering their effect on the system of primary education in Ireland.
§ MR. G. W. BALFOUR
I have not yet seen the memorandum referred to, but I had the opportunity yesterday of an interview with a deputation of Irish national teachers on the subject of the new rules. The answer to the second paragraph is in the negative; the Government have no such power, nor do I think it would be desirable to exercise it if they had.