HC Deb 08 August 1904 vol 139 cc1361-2

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction have circulated a work on political economy, by C. S. Devas, S.I., in which Roman Catholic doctrines are supported; and, if so, will he say if its circulation is made at the public expense; and if the Department has placed another work on economics on its library aid list; is he further aware that a manual on Christian Art in Ireland, in which the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church are expounded, is on the same list; and, if so, will he say what action, if any, he proposes taking in the matter.


; The Department has issued a list of publications from which selections, not exceeding –3 value, are made by the committees of approved village libraries. The cost is defrayed by the Department. It is not aware that sectarian views are advocated in the work on political economy by Mr. Devas—the only work on economics on the list. The manual on Early Christian Art was written by Miss Stokes, who, I believe, was a Protestant.