§ Mr. Ian Stewart
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what funds are available through the area museum services for the conservation of objects from archoeological excavations, which are at present in the care of local archaeological groups.
§ Mr. Oakes
The funds available to the area museum councils are provided for local museums and galleries. Local archaeological groups, as such, are not eligible for assistance from this source, but when they make their collections available on loan to local museums for the public to see them, there is no reason why, if area museum councils so decide, the objects cannot benefit from the services financed by the councils.