HC Deb 26 January 1960 vol 616 cc17-8W
90. Mr. Parker

asked the Minister of Works what steps he is taking to ensure that he has adequate powers for obtaining information about finds when new building is taking place on historic sites, before all traces are bulldozed.

Lord John Hope

My Ministry has made extensive use of its powers to excavate historic sites before they are built on and although there are no statutory powers regarding movable archaeological finds, it has generally been possible to reach satisfactory agree- ments about their disposal. Finds which are not associated with a monument lie outside my Ministry's responsibilities.