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Departmental Art Works

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department spent money on art works in the last 12 months. (308580)

During the last 12 months the Department spent £1,804 on art works and associated equipment. A list of acquisitions has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

Other works of art displayed in the Department for Transport London HQ buildings are from the Government Art Collection (GAC), which publishes an annual list of acquisitions.

Information in respect of the Highways Agency can be provided only at disproportionate cost as it would require a full review of all claims and invoices. However, the Highways Agency have advised that they would not normally approve the spend of their funds on the procurement of works of art.

No works of art have been purchased by the other six Department for Transport Executive agencies during the last 12 months.