HC Deb 27 February 1905 vol 141 cc1307-8

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether the Department of Science and Art holds £58,629 belonging to Irish technical education; whether the grants payable for local science and art instruction is for proficiency in studies, ascertained by examination, or for attendances at instruction, as given under regulations; whether these regulations can only be found in the Science and Art Directory, as modified by Circular 2, Form S 46; and, if so, will he state where copies of the Science and Art Directory can be obtained; has the Department of Agriculture in Ireland, which has the control of the grant for technical instruction in Ireland, a copy of the directory; or, if not, has the Department drafted its own regulations governing the matter.

(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) The reply to the first inquiry is in the negative. The grants payable for local science and art instruction are based upon attendance and upon efficiency, as determined by inspection, supplemented by examination in the advanced stages of the syllabuses. Students in the honours stages are paid for on the results of examinations alone. The regulations are those of the Science and Art Directory of the Board of Education, South Kensington, for 1901, as amended by Circular 2 and Form S 46 issued by the Department. Copies of the directory for 1901 are not now obtainable from the publishers, but an excerpt containing all information required by school managers is issued by the Department and may be obtained on application. The Department has copies of the directory in question.