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Volume 976: debated on Friday 21 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is satisfied with the adequacy of the provision of archaelogical rescue and excavation services in Scotland; and if he will make a statement about the impact of expenditure cuts on this area of activity.

Expenditure on rescue archaeology in Scotland has risen significantly in recent years. My right hon. Friend will be considering carefully how far he can maintain the level of resources allocated to it.