7. Captain CRAIG
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he can now state if, as stated on page 60 of Section 2 of the Appendix to the Report of the Commissioners of National Education for the year 1910–11, the Roman Catholic bishop of Down and Connor requires women teachers in schools under clerical management to resign their schools on marriage; and, if so, under what rule of the National Board or by what other authority is the Roman Catholic bishop of Down and Connor empowered to make rules with the object of depriving public servants of their positions?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The Commissioners of National Education inform me that the statement referred to is taken from a report furnished by one of their inspectors to the senior inspector of the circuit. They have no knowledge of the accuracy or otherwise of the statement.