Britain's church organs may be saved following pressure from a Midland MP and the Dean of Worcester Cathedral.
Organs are under threat because of European Union regulation outlawing lead solder in electrical goods.
The measure is designed to cut down on harmful pollution in the manufacture of products such as mobile phones and computers.
But there are fears it could also make the manufacture of traditional church organs illegal.
Traditional organ pipes are hand-made using lead, and lead is also used in electric motors which power the blowers to move air through the pipes.
The issue was taken up by the Dean of Worcester Cathedral, who urged MidWorcestershire MP Peter Luff to raise it with Ministers.
Now Industry Minister Alun Michael has pledged to help the organ industry apply for an exemption from the regulation.
He also confirmed that the rules will not affect the refurbishment or repair of existing organs.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Luff asked: "Will he look at the impact of the European Union directive on the restriction of hazardous substances on a small but important British industry - organ building?
"Does he understand that the regulation will have the effect, if implemented as currently intended at the beginning of July, of destroying the industry, making it illegal to build new organs, such as the ones we are planning for Worcester Cathedral, and actually making it illegal for Durham to reconstruct the cathedral organ, which is currently lying in pieces in the cathedral?"
Mr Michael replied: "The directive to which he refers will not have an impact on the refurbishment or maintenance of existing organs, whether or not they have electronic components - the issue that has been raised.
"The pipe organ industry can apply for an exemption for new electronic organs and the Government are happy to continue to provide information to help it to do so."
Speaking afterwards, Mr Luff said: "I am by my very nature an optimist, so I hope the Minister's confidence is well founded."
The EU Directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances comes into effect on July 1. It is designed to stop the dumping of electrical goods containing lead on landfill sites.