§ Mr. LINDSAY
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if he is aware that the Commissioners of National Education have withdrawn their programme of scientific instruction on the evils of 1831W alcoholic indulgence, and have substituted one that is less educational; and if this change has the sanction of His Majesty's Government?
§ Mr. MACPHERSON
The Commissioners of National Education have recently revised their programmes in elementary science and hygiene, nature study and health and habits, and these programmes are now combined under one heading—nature study. The official syllabus under this head continues to make provision for the teaching of temperance, and it is considered that it will enable instruction in temperance to be given on sounder educational principles than formerly.