To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Department has to replace the present system of competitive tendering in developer-funded archaeological investigations. 
Planning Policy Guidance Note 16, "Archaeology and Planning", advises that, where archaeological remains may be affected by development proposals, suitable archaeological investigations should be arranged by the prospective developer. In its policy statement on the future of the historic environment, "The Historic Environment: A Force for Our Future". the Government encourage the growth in the number of organisations competing for projects to record archaeological sites and to advise on the potential impact of development proposals. It also looks to English Heritage to ensure that the necessary high standards are maintained in the examination and recording of sites. It is for local planning authorities and prospective developers in individual cases to secure the best means for the conservation of archaeological remains likely to be affected by development proposals.