Irish History Teaching.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education. – in the House of Commons on 25th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

asked the President of the Board of Education whether, in view of our relations with Eire, any steps are being taken to improve the teaching of Irish history in English schools?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I am not clear in what respects my hon. Friend thinks that improvement in the teaching of this subject is called for. If he will give me particulars, I will gladly consider the matter further.

Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

Is it not a fact that the Venerable Bede, more than 1,000 years ago, complained of bad relations between the two countries; and would it not be possible, by teaching more of what Ireland did for us in those far-off days, to improve relations?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I am sure we can rely on my hon. Friend to improve our knowledge of the subject.

Photo of Professor Douglas Savory Professor Douglas Savory , Queen's University of Belfast

Will the right hon. Gentleman arrange to include in these lessons a full account of the abandonment of the Treaty ports by the British Government in 1938, in spite of the five-times-repeated protests of the Government of Northern Ireland?

Photo of Mr Frederick Watkins Mr Frederick Watkins , Hackney Central

Will the right hon. Gentleman use his influence to encourage the teaching of unbiased English history in Irish Schools?