§ Mr. FETHERSTONHAUGH
asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland), whether he is aware that out of a total number of twenty-three students at present in the Department's training school, Stillorgan, county Dublin, there are only three Protestant students; can he give any explanation why so few Protestant students are admitted to this Government training school; is he aware that domestic teachers are much required in the technical schools of Ulster, which are mainly Protestant; and will he see that at least one-third of the vacancies for training students in the school will be reserved for Protestant students?
§ Mr. T. W. RUSSELL
The Department have no knowledge of the religious beliefs of the students of the Irish Training School of Domestic Economy. Entrance to this institution is by open Competitive Examination, but candidates who have passed the Senior Grade Examination of the Intermediate Education Board or who are graduates of a university are given priority without examination. All applicants who have sought admission under this exemption have been admitted to the school.