§ * MR. NANNETTI (Dublin, College Green)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland will he explain why the Commissioners of Intermediate Education in Ireland have 884 again given the contract for the printing of the papers set for the annual examinations under the Intermediate Education (Ireland) Act to a London firm; whether Irish printers have been afforded an opportunity of tendering for this work; and whether, having regard to the fact that all other Irish public educational bodies secure absolute secrecy in the execution of similar work in Ireland, he will represent to the Commissioners the advisability of having these papers printed in future within the four seas of Ireland.
§ MR. ATKINSON
This is not a matter calling for the intervention of the Government. If the Board of Intermediate Education determined that the examination papers should be printed outside Ireland, upon which point I have no information, I have no doubt they exercised their discretion wisely and well, and with the object, in the best interests of the pupils themselves, of preserving secrecy. The Government do not propose to communicate with the Board, as suggested at the end of the Question.
§ * MR. NANNETTI
Does the right hon. Gentleman know of any English Educational Authority that sends the printing of its examination papers to, Ireland?