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 Redesdale Lord Redesdale Liberal Democrat 2:52 pm, 9th March 2009

My Lords, given that most of the money for archaeology has come from the development sector and that a great deal of archaeological knowledge now resides in the private sector in the units, those lay-offs mean that we are losing an enormous amount of specialist knowledge such as in, say, Roman Samian ware, on which there is only one expert in the country. If someone loses his job, that knowledge is lost to the country. Will the Minister take that into account especially when thinking about the establishment of historic record centres?