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Archaeology: Finance

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect on the operation of the portable antiquities scheme of the decision to maintain funding for the scheme at 2007-08 levels in 2008-09. (203906)

I have made no such assessment

The portable antiquities scheme (PAS) is funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and administered on their behalf by the British Museum. Any assessment regarding the scheme is, therefore, a matter for the MLA and the British Museum. The MLA recognises that the PAS is of national importance and will be conducting a review of the scheme in partnership with other stakeholders.