Archaeology — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:52 pm on 9th March 2009.

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Photo of Lord Howarth of Newport Lord Howarth of Newport Labour 2:52 pm, 9th March 2009

My Lords, will my noble friend assure the House that the Government will do all they can to ensure that the archaeology sector is not weakened in the recession? Will he confirm that the forthcoming planning policy statement on heritage and archaeology will not diminish existing protections for archaeology, particularly in respect of the duties that local planning authorities may lay upon developers, and that the Government look to local authorities not to reduce the capacity of their historic environment services?