§ 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?