HC Deb 05 November 1902 vol 114 cc147-8

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been directed to the resolutions passed by the Roman Catholic clerical managers of national schools in three-fourths of Ireland referring to the statements made by Dr. Starkie, Resident Commissioner of National Education, recently in Belfast, against the managers of primary schools; whether it is proposed to hold any public inquiry into these matters; and if he can state what action the Government propose to take.


Some resolutions have reached me. The Resident Commissioner informs me that he has seen resolutions from Roman Catholic Managers which show that they are under the mistaken impression that he referred to them solely. That is not the case nor, in his opinion, do his words justify such an inference. I do not propose to hold a public inquiry. A small Committee was recently appointed to consider the whole question of building grants for school houses. No further action seems necessary.


Was not Dr. Starkie's speech as blazing an indiscretion as General Buller's speech? Why was he not retired in the same way?