Dear House of Commons,

Please could you provide the six Shropshire and Mid Wales MPs cost of their portraits that were taken in the House of Commons in July.

Also if you could please confirm if this was tax-payers money.

Yours faithfully,

Georgia Alice Macey

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Dear Ms Macey,

 

Freedom of Information F17-335

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 10 August 2017, received
by us on the same date, which is copied below.

 

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Dear Ms Macey,

 

 

Freedom of Information request F17-335

 

Thank you for your request for information, as copied below. You asked for
information relating to the cost of portraits taken of MPs in July.  We
have interpreted your request to be for information on the portrait
photograph session with Chris McAndrew, arranged by the Parliamentary
Digital Service.

 

1)  Please could you provide the six Shropshire and Mid Wales MPs cost of
their portraits that were taken in the House of Commons in July. 

 

Information relating to the specific costs of the individual portraits of
MPs is not held by the House of Commons.

 

The Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS) commissioned Chris McAndrew to
create a wide ranging set of images primarily for use on the UK Parliament
website, including portraits of MPs and some selected staff. The total
cost of the entire commission is £10,000 plus VAT, based on 10 full days
of photography work. This sum accounts for the MPs’ portraits, as well as
other work, and we are not able to disaggregate this figure and provide
costs for individual portraits as described in your request.

 

2)  Also if you could please confirm if this was tax-payers money.

 

Information relating to the funding of this portrait session is held by
the House of Commons. The commission was funded from the budget of the
Parliamentary Digital Service, and therefore paid from parliamentary (i.e.
public) funds, as part of on-going work to improve the quality of
information on Parliament’s website.

One of the goals of the service is to make sure that there is access to
clear, accessible and engaging information about Parliament. Every effort
is made to undertake this work in a cost effective way and the artist’s
fee is always agreed through careful negotiation.

 

 

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Lauren

 

 

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