In response to Paul Gilman's email and as a general update on the Culture
and Recreation Bill:
The article refers to a staged event outside the House of Lords to support
the Lords Renfrew and Redesdale in their attempts to get the government to
accept an amendment to the C and R bill to make SMRs a statutory Local
Authority service. ALGAO was represented by me and Simon kaner, our
secretary. Unfortunately despite the presence of Maeve Kennedy we got
We have been lobbying on this issue since the start of the year both
directly with politicians and through EH and LGA. The issue was extensively
aired at the meeting of the Historic Environment Forum on Wednesday although
Alan Howarth gave an uninformative response. (The HEF press release omits to
mention this issue!) I shall be writing to AH for further clarification of
the govt's position following this meeting. The bill will probably fail for
other reasons but I think we have made good progress, and this will help
towards getting the issue into the bill when it is brought back after the
If anyone would like further info get in touch.
From: Paul Gilman AAG Manager ES [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 15 March 2001 09:00
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: March on Parliament
I read in yesterday's Guardian about a march on Parliament by a group of
archaeologists lead by the Society of Antiquaries's Secretary, David
demand statutory status for SMRs. Has anyone out there any more information
Heritage Information and Records Manager
Essex County Council
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