§ Lord Kennet
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether, within the Department of Transport, the assessment of likely damage to archaeological sites is conducted before it decides on the routing of roads or afterwards; and, if afterwards, whether they will now reform this practice.
§ The Minister of State, Department of Transport (Lord Brabazon of Tara)
The effect on archaeological sites is assessed before decisions on routes are taken. The procedures are set out in the Department's Manual of Environmental Appraisal; the manual is being revised and English Heritage are being consulted.