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Ancient Monuments (Preservation)

Volume 530: debated on Tuesday 13 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Works what recommendations, since the recent destruction of the Normanton Barrows, he has received from the Council for British Archaeology, with a view to preventing further damage to ancient monuments; and what action he proposes to take.

The Council have made a number of recommendations for making owners of property and the public more fully aware of scheduled monuments and for obtaining reports on their condition. I have also received the advice of the Ancient Monuments Board, and I am considering what action I should take.

Is it correct that the Council has offered the assistance of local archaeological societies throughout the country to help in the preservation of these ancient monuments?

They have suggested that the organisation of county correspondents should be strengthened, and that is a good idea which I intend to follow up.