Dear House of Commons,

Can you please tell me the total spent so far, the total project and the maximum funds allocated for the official artist for the 2010 general election.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Kevin Wells

Dear House of Commons,

Just to clarify the total project should be the total projected cost.

Sorry for any confusion caused.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Kevin Wells

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FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr Wells

Thank you for your request for information dated 20 March 2010, received
by us on 22 March 2010, which is copied below.

We will endeavour to respond to your request promptly but in any case
within 20 working days i.e. on or before 21 April 2010.

If you have any queries about your request, please use the request number
quoted in the subject line of this email.

Yours sincerely

Louise Randall
Freedom of Information Assistant

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FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr Wells

Thank you for your request for information which is copied below. In response to your question:

The election artist will receive a fee of £15,000 for undertaking this commission. Simon Roberts will traverse the country during the election campaign, building up a body of work which documents the many aspects of the election. In addition to the artist’s fee, Simon Roberts will also be reimbursed for his daily travel and out of pocket expenses whilst on the campaign trail. Including the purchase of film and film developing, we estimate that these costs will amount to £10,000.

The completed artwork will form part of the Parliamentary Art Collection, a collection of works of art at the House of Commons which focuses on Parliamentary history, past and present. The Collection contains images of elections from the 18th century onwards, but it is only in recent years that a decision was made to commission artists to document general elections. This will be the third general election for which the House of Commons has commissioned an election artist.

You may, if dissatisfied with the treatment of your request, ask the House of Commons to conduct an internal review of this decision. Requests for internal review should be addressed to: Freedom of Information Officer, Department of Resources, House of Commons London SW1 OAA or [House of Commons request email] . Please ensure that you specify the nature of your complaint and any arguments or points that you wish to make.

If you remain dissatisfied, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely

Bob Castle
Head of Information Rights and Information Security

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