HC Deb 06 February 1908 vol 183 cc1063-4

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, whether he will state how many national school teachers in Ireland are, by themselves or their wives, licensed publicans or spirit grocers; whether the Commissioners of National Education in Ireland permit a teacher or his wife to be holder of a licence; and whether they take any effective steps to prevent it.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The Commissioners of National Education inform me that they are not aware that any national school teachers, or the wives of such teachers, are licensed publicans or spirit grocers. Teachers are strictly forbidden to keep public-houses or houses for the sale of spirituous liquors, and the Commissioners decline to recognise as a teacher any person whose husband or wife, as the case may be, keeps such a house.