HC Deb 22 November 1906 vol 165 cc975-6

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can say what arrangements have been proposed for a grant to Ireland as an equivalent for the proposed additional grant to England and Wales under the present Education Bill; and whether, in view of the admittedly defective condition of primary education in Ireland in regard to school buildings, salaries, and other matters, the Irish Government will make adequate representations to the Treasury authorities before the Education Estimates for 1906–7 are prepared.

(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) In reply to the first part of the Question, I would refer to the Answer given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to a Question put by the hon. Member for North Derry on 30th April.† My right hon. friend then stated that, as the financial arrangements under the Education Bill will not come into force during the present financial year, it would be premature to come to any decision upon the question of an equivalent grant for Ireland. As to the remaining part of the Question, I understand that the estimates for national education in Ireland are at present under the consideration of the Commissioners of National Education in Ireland.