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Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect that the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council’s decision to fund the portable antiquities scheme (PAS) at the existing level in 2008-09 may have on the existing number of jobs at the PAS; and if he will make a statement. (187827)

[holding answer 21 February 2008]: The decision of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) to maintain current levels of funding for the portable antiquities scheme in 2008-09, in the context of a tight spending review, recognises the importance of the scheme. Any assessment of the effect of future funding provision on the scheme is a matter for the MLA, which is working together with other stakeholders to ensure the scheme’s continued success.