HC Deb 24 June 1920 vol 130 c2350
14. Mr. M'GUFFIN

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he can now say when there is likely to be a Second Reading of the Irish Education Bill; whether he is aware of the discontent among the teachers at the Government's delay in proceeding with the Bill; and whether, in the event of the Bill not receiving a Second Reading before the Recess, the Government is prepared to meet the financial claims of the teachers, who, in many instances, are reduced to serious monetary conditions by reason of this delay?


Discussions upon the Bill are still proceeding with parties interested in Ireland, and I am not at the moment in a position to make any further statement on the subject. The question of the remuneration of teachers is being dealt with on a provisional basis apart from the Bill, and a definite announcement of substantial concession has already been made.


Is the hon. Gentleman prepared to receive a deputation of primary and secondary teachers from Ireland who are interested in this matter, as it is causing great discontent?


Does not the delay in introducing the Bill tend to increase the feeling of unrest in Ireland?


I am quite prepared to receive a deputation; but I would suggest to the hon. Member (Mr. McGuffin) that the more appropriate course would be to approach the Chief Secretary. With respect to the question put by the hon. Member (Sir P. Magnus), the Prime Minister will make a statement later.