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Archaeology: Finance

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding has been made available for the portable antiquities scheme in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement. (189829)

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) is committed to the continued success of the portable antiquities scheme (PAS) and is working together with other stakeholders to ensure that this is achieved.

In recognition of the importance of the scheme, the MLA has undertaken to maintain current funding levels for the PAS for 2008-09. This represents a good offer in the context of a tight spending review for the MLA. Any decision on future funding for the scheme is a matter for the MLA.