The following written Parliamentary question was answered on 27 November 2006

Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much has been spent on paintings and photographs of hon Members in the current Parliament displayed on the House estate in the last five years. (105935)

Nick Harvey: A total of £39,177.50 was spent from the House Vote on paintings and photographs of current Members of Parliament acquired in the last five years. Twenty works were acquired for this sum.

The paintings, drawings and photographs of current Members of the House of Commons which have been acquired in the last five years are as follows:

Portrait study of Rt Hon Tony Blair MP; drawn by Johnny Yeo, 2002, [Catalogue Reference WOA 5915]

Portrait study of Rt Hon William Hague MP; drawn by Johnny Yeo, 2002, [Catalogue Reference WOA 5916]

Portrait study of Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP; drawn by Johnny Yeo, 2002, [Catalogue Reference WOA 5917]

Portrait of Rt Hon Tony Blair MP; painted by Chris Dancer, 2002, [Catalogue Reference WOA 5961]

Portrait of Rt Hon David Blunkett MP; painted by Lorna Wadsworth, 2004, [Catalogue Reference WOA 6274]

Portrait of Diane Abbott MP; painted by Stuart Pearson Wright, 2003, [Catalogue Reference WOA 6270]

Portrait of Iain Duncan Smith MP; painted by Paul Benney, 2004. [Catalogue Reference WOA 6383]

Portrait of Paul Boateng MP; painted by Johnny Yeo, 2004, [Catalogue Reference WOA 6483]

A group of five portrait photographs by David Partner of Rt Hon Jack Straw MP; Rt Hon John Reid MP; Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP; Rt Hon Geoffrey Hoon MP and Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP.

A group of seven portrait photographs by Jane Bown of Clair Short MP; Frank Dobson MP; Gerald Kaufman MP; Gwyneth Dunwoody MP; Ken Clarke MP; Malcolm Rifkind MP; Tony Blair MP.

Three other works were acquired in this period of Members who are no longer MPs:.

Portrait of Robin Cook; painted by Fionna Carlisle, 2006, [Catalogue Reference WOA 6434]

Two photographs by Jane Bown of Robin Cook and Tam Dalyell.

The cost of these last three is not included in the total given in the answer, which was confined to current MPs. The costs of individual portraits is commercially confidential.