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Photography: Environment Agency

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects on the photography industry of non-remunerated photography contracts issued by the Environment Agency; and if he will make a statement. (314169)

The Environment Agency has not issued any non-remunerated photography contracts and currently has four contracts in place with professional photographers. Each of these suppliers has gone through the tender process which is evaluated on both cost and quality.

Any photographer employed by the Environment Agency will be paid in full for their work. The Environment Agency has strict criteria on working with suppliers and takes its responsibilities seriously when it comes to paying people the right rate, on time, and getting good value for the taxpayer.