HC Deb 30 January 1969 vol 776 cc1517-8
38. Mr. Strauss

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether, in view of the fact that a definition of British archaeological material has now been agreed by the Departments concerned, he will now, in order to safeguard Great Britain's archaeological heritage, make the same exemption from the £2,000 limit of the export of such material as already holds for manuscripts, documents and archives.

Miss Jennie Lee

I understand that no definition of British archaeological material has yet been agreed by the Departments concerned; therefore no change in existing arrangements seems appropriate, but I am very ready to consider any evidence I receive of serious loss from present practices.

Mr. Strauss

I am grateful for that Answer. Is my right hon. Friend aware that at a meeting between her Department and the Customs in April, 1968, attended by the British Museums' Association, a formula was agreed, subject to any legal loopholes arising? Will she look into the matter to see if this formula can be adopted?

Miss Lee

My information is that agreement has not yet been reached and that we cannot suggest action until agreement is concluded.