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Volume 13: debated on Monday 23 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the current level of funding for essential archaeology work in the United Kingdom.

The following information relates to funding by the Department of the Environment, covering archaeological excavations in England only. Responsibilities in other parts of the United Kingdom lie with the respective Secretaries of State.

1980–81 Expenditure at current prices1981–82 Provision
Grants to bodies outside DOE (local authorities, universities etc) for "rescue archaeology", ie excavation and recording of sites about to be destroyed or developed4,064,0004,280,000
Staff and other costs of archaeological excavations at monuments in DOE care473,000655,000
These figures include fees to consultants and salaries of DOE archaeological staff directly involved in excavations. They exclude DOE archaeologists engaged on inspection of advisory work, and administrative staff concerned with the above functions.