HC Deb 29 July 1960 vol 627 c233W
Captain Pilkington

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will make a statement about special Exchequer assistance to the British Academy.

Sir E. Boyle

The British Academy at present makes an annual grant of £4,500 to the Egypt Exploration Society, a British institution which has been engaged in archaeological work in Egypt and the Sudan for many years. The Society has secured concessions for three important projects in Nubia on ancient sites which will soon be permanently submerged beneath the Nile waters. I have agreed, subject to the approval of Parliament, to make a special grant of £20,000 payable over two years in order to enable the British Academy to increase its subvention to the Society during this period for this urgent work. Most of the additional grant will be for expenditure in the Sudan. A Supplementary Estimate will be laid before Parliament as soon as possible and meanwhile the money will be advanced from the Civil Contingencies Fund.