The Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport's evidence to the House of Commons Committee inquiry on "Illicit trade in Cultural Objects" is now online at:
One interesting element of her evidence, was in relation to questions about the Portable Antiquities Scheme, where she stated 'this has been a successful Scheme... We have Lottery funding for the next three years... Putting the Portable Antiquities Scheme on a permanent footing will obviously be a decision for the next spending round, but yes, it has proved to be successful and we ought to try to ensure that we can fund it in the long term'.
The evidence session also covered Iraq, the art market and illicit antiquities, return of cultural property (including briefly the issue of return of human remains) and spoliation.
The Committee has invited written evidence to this inquiry, which should reach them by Monday 8 September 2003. Further details at:
Research and Conservation Officer,
Council for British Archaeology,
Bowes Morrell House,
Tel: 01904 671417
Fax: 01904 671384
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