HC Deb 12 July 1904 vol 137 cc1361-2
MR. FLYNN (Cork County, N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will say when was the Committee of Inquiry now investigating the working of the system of intermediate education in Ireland appointed; what are the terms of reference to the Committee; who are the gentlemen who constitute the Com- mittee; what educational experience do they possess; what is the nature of the inquiries they are making; and who are the witnesses called, if any.


The Committee was appointed on 2nd May. The inquiries are directed to the general conditions of the organisation of intermediate education in Ireland; its relations with primary and technical education; the staffing and equipment of schools; the allocation of the Board's funds; the training and salaries of teachers. The members of the Committee are Mr. F. H. Dale, an Inspector of Schools under the English Board of Education; and Mr. Stephens, late Inspector of Schools for the Victoria University, and now one of His Majesty's Inspectors of Schools. About eighty intermediate schools have been visited, as well as some of the training colleges. The Committee conferred with many educational authorities of different denominations and with teachers of schools.


By what authority was the Committee appointed?


By the authority of the Lord-Lieutenant.