§ Mr. Martlew
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if it is his policy to refuse grant aid if the payment will result in damage to archaeological monuments; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Curry
In England it is a condition of grant under the farm and conservation grant scheme, which provides capital grants to farmers on a range of investments of benefit to conservation and the environment, that English Heritage is consulted on any work to be submitted for grant aid which might affect a scheduled ancient monument or listed building. Similar arrangements apply elsewhere in the United Kingdom. It is most unlikely that grant would be paid on any work to which English Heritage or its equivalents had objected.