MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that in numerous instances the salaries of Irish National teachers for the quarter ended 30th June have been delayed in payment beyond the day appointed for the purpose by the Commissioners, and that this delay has occurred notwithstanding that the quarterly returns were received in the Education Office in due time and in correct form; and, whether he will inquire into the causes of the delay, and if steps will be taken to guard against a repetition of this irregularity, which is productive of inconvenience to the teachers.
§ MR. G. W. BALFOUR
The salaries of the teachers have not been delayed in payment in numerous cases as stated, when the claims were received in due time and were regular in form. If any specific case of delay is brought under the notice of the Commissioners, they will, as they always have done, order a strict investigation into the matter.