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Ancient Monuments

Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 18 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek to amend the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 so as to make it an offence to remove, without consent, any item of historical or archaeological interest from the site of a scheduled ancient monument; and if he will consider less formal measures relating to finds made on an unscheduled site.

Yes. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment proposes to amend the 1979 Act when a suitable legislative opportunity arises. He is also considering the most appropriate measures for finds made on unscheduled sites.