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Government Art Collection

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Mr. Hayes) of 5 December 2005, Official Report, column 1018W, on the Government Art Collection, whether there are plans to insure further items in the Government Art Collection. (73806)

The Government Art Collection is not commercially insured. As a general rule, the Government does not purchase commercial insurance for the risks it faces as, in general, it is cheaper for Government to cover its own risks. The Government Art Collection does not plan to insure further items beyond those works of art on display in non-government buildings.