§ MR. BELLINGHAM
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether steps will be taken to enable managers of National Schools to avail themselves of the National School Teachers' Residence Act, passed in 1875 and amended in 1879, by affording them facilities for borrowing money to erect residences in places where there are none?
§ MR. W. E. FORSTER
I have inquired into this subject, and find that considerable facilities already exist for managers of National Schools to borrow money to erect residences for teachers. The Commissioners of National Education are anxious that these facilities should be availed of; but they inform me they have no control in the matter over the managers, and though some managers find a difficulty in procuring free sites for their residences, the main cause of the difficulty arises from the non-action of the managers themselves. The Commissioners, in their last Report, say—We have to express our regret and disappointment at the apathy exhibited by the managers of National Schools in not availing themselves of the facilities afforded by this measure for providing suitable dwellings for teachers.