shaun kkristiansen

Dear Sir or Madam,

Having requested how much was spent by the G A C for the financial years 1997-2009 and received the total which was a sum of 5.163m, which i am very grateful for such a speedy response. I would also like to know. What the actual works of art are and there whereabouts. I would also like to know if all these works are solely on display to members of the public.

Yours faithfully,

Shaun Kristiansen.

OSBORNE-JAMES CAROLINE, Advisory Committee on the Government Art Collection

Dear Mr Kristiansen,
Thank you for your request for information of 20th May 2009 for:
"Having requested how much was spent by the G A C for the financial years
1997-2009 and received the total which was a sum of 5.163m, which i am
very grateful for such a speedy response. I would also like to know. What
the actual works of art are and there whereabouts. I would also like to
know if all these works are solely on display to members of the public."
I am dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
('the Act'). The Act gives you the right to know whether we hold the
information specified in your request and, if that is the case, to have
that information communicated to you, subject to the provisions of the
Act.
I can confirm that we hold information that falls within the scope of your
request. However, the Department considers some of the information may be
exempt from disclosure under the following Sections of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000:

* Section 36 (Prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs)

Under the Act, we need to consider whether the balance of the public
interest lies in our providing you with the information or in maintaining
the exemption and withholding the information.
By virtue of section 10(3), where public authorities have to consider the
balance of the public interest in relation to a request, they do not have
to comply with the request until such time as is reasonable in the
circumstances. DCMS require additional time to consider the public
interest in relation to your request. I hope to let you have a response
by 16th July 2009.
If you need any help or advice or have any questions about this letter,
please contact me quoting the reference number in any communications.
If you are unhappy with the way DCMS has handled your request you are
entitled to ask for an internal review of its handling within two calendar
months of the date of this letter. If you wish to make a complaint you
should contact: FOI Central Team, Public Engagement and Recognition Unit,
Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2-4 Cockspur Street, London, SW1Y
5DH.
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

Yours sincerely,

Caroline Osborne-James
Freedom of Information Team
Public Engagement and Recognition Unit
020 7211 2358

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OSBORNE-JAMES CAROLINE, Advisory Committee on the Government Art Collection

Dear Mr Kristiansen,
Thank you for your request for information of 20th May 2009 for:
"Having requested how much was spent by the G A C for the financial years
1997-2009 and received the total which was a sum of 5.163m, which i am
very grateful for such a speedy response. I would also like to know. What
the actual works of art are and there whereabouts. I would also like to
know if all these works are solely on display to members of the public."
I am dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
('the Act'). The Act gives you the right to know whether we hold the
information specified in your request and, if that is the case, to have
that information communicated to you, subject to the provisions of the
Act.
I can confirm that we hold information that falls within the scope of your
request. However, the Department considers some of the information may be
exempt from disclosure under the following Sections of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000:

* Section 36 (Prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs)

Under the Act, we need to consider whether the balance of the public
interest lies in our providing you with the information or in maintaining
the exemption and withholding the information.
By virtue of section 10(3), where public authorities have to consider the
balance of the public interest in relation to a request, they do not have
to comply with the request until such time as is reasonable in the
circumstances. I wrote to you on 18th June to inform you that we had
hoped to respond to you substantively by 16th July. I am writing to
inform you that DCMS require additional time to consider the public
interest in relation to your request. I hope to let you have a response
by 13th August 2009.
If you need any help or advice or have any questions about this letter,
please contact me quoting the reference number in any communications.
If you are unhappy with the way DCMS has handled your request you are
entitled to ask for an internal review of its handling within two calendar
months of the date of this letter. If you wish to make a complaint you
should contact: FOI Central Team, Public Engagement and Recognition Unit,
Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2-4 Cockspur Street, London, SW1Y
5DH.
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

Yours sincerely,

Caroline Osborne-James
Freedom of Information Team
Public Engagement and Recognition Unit
020 7211 2358

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OSBORNE-JAMES CAROLINE, Advisory Committee on the Government Art Collection

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Dear Mr Kristiansen,
Thank you for your e-mail of 20^th May 2009 requesting the following
information:
"Having requested how much was spent by the G A C for the financial years
1997-2009 and received the total which was a sum of 5.163m, which i am
very grateful for such a speedy response. I would also like to know. What
the actual works of art are and there whereabouts. I would also like to
know if all these works are solely on display to members of the public."

I am dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(`the Act'). The Act gives you the right to:

* know whether we hold the information specified in your request and, if
that is the case,
* to have that information communicated to you, subject to the
provisions of the Act.

I can confirm that following consideration of the public interest test, it
has been concluded that the public interest lies in releasing this
information.

Please find attached a series of pdf's which contain the information you
have requested. In relation to this information, please note the
following:

* Works of art in the Government Art Collection move frequently; these
lists are only a snapshot of the situation on a particular date and
will be out of date quickly; the date when each list was compiled is
given at the head of the document.
* You have asked what the actual works of art are and their whereabouts,
referring back to your earlier question (115624) in which you asked
for costs of acquisitions. In addition to acquisitions that have
costs attached (i.e. purchases and commissions) the Collection also
acquires works by gift, transfer from other departments, and we also
register in our accession lists works found in government buildings.
For the sake of completeness the attached lists include all
acquisitions, not just purchases and commissions. This is in line with
annual acquisition lists on the website.

* You have asked whether all of these works are solely on display to
members of the public. I can confirm that this is not the case. Some
works are within public spaces in buildings, others are in areas of
buildings not generally accessible to the public unless they visit on
business of a nature that would take them into such areas.

* You should also note that some of the bodies who display work from the
Government Art Collection are subject to Section 23 of the Act -
Information supplied by, or related to, bodies dealing with Security
matters (which is an absolute exemption). Section 23 exempts
information received from, or related to, the security bodies listed
at section 23 (3) of the Freedom of Information Act. This includes
the Security Service, the Secret Intelligence Service, Government
Communications Headquarters and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
However, the three bodies who display artwork which falls into the
scope of your request, have confirmed that they are content for this
information to be released on an exceptional and discretionary basis
outside of the Act.

* As the acquisition list for last year (2008-9) has not yet been
published, the information is not held in the same way as for previous
years so is not available as part of this request.

If you need any help or advice or have any questions about this letter,
please contact me. Please quote the above reference number in any
communications.
If you are unhappy with the way DCMS has handled your request you are
entitled to ask for an internal review of its handling within two calendar
months of the date of this letter. If you wish to make a complaint you
should contact: FOI Central Team, Public Engagement and Recognition Unit,
Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2-4 Cockspur Street, London, SW1Y
5DH
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.
Yours sincerely,

Caroline Osborne-James
DCMS
Freedom Of Information Team
020 7211 2358
DCMS aims to improve the quality of life for all through cultural and
sporting activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and to champion
the tourism, creative and leisure industries.
Priorities for DCMS and its partners across the cultural and sports world
and in local government are set out in Lifting People, Lifting Places at
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