HC Deb 05 December 1973 vol 865 cc394-5W
Mr. Faulds

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will consider making to the Greater London Council a special grant to help fund the excavation and archaeological reports thereon of the Thames river frontage from Blackfriars to the Tower, and inland to Upper and Lower Thames Street, as two-fifths of this area will be redeveloped in the next five years and the remainder within the next 10 years ;

(2) if he will consider giving a special grant to help in the excavation of Wallingford, which is one of the few planned Saxon towns in Great Britain, and two-thirds of the archaeological potential of which is likely to be destroyed uninvestigated in the next decade.

Mr. Channon

Grants have already been made to the appropriate archaeological organisations towards the cost of rescue excavations in both these areas. Further grants are being considered for 1974–75 and more work is in view as and when firm proposals are received for further excavations.