Palace of Westminster: Public Statues

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 21st July 2022.

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Photo of Douglas Chapman Douglas Chapman Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation)

To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost was of (a) maintaining, (b) repairing and (c) cleaning statues and busts of (a) former hon. Members and (b) other people of note on display in the Palace of Westminster in each of the last five years.

Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Chair, Administration Committee, Chair, Administration Committee

Maintenance, repair and cleaning work has continued consistently across the last five years. Collections care and maintenance is a bicameral function and the Commons share across all statues and busts in the Palace is as follows. A small proportion of these costs relates to work not in the Palace or on other objects.

2017

Maintenance and cleaning: £5240

Repair: £1066

2018

Maintenance and cleaning: £6497

Repair: £2120

2019

Maintenance and cleaning: £5604

Repair: £689

2020

Maintenance and cleaning: £3240

Repair: £555

2021

Maintenance and cleaning: £6966

Repair: £2308

2022

Maintenance and cleaning: £1080

Repair: £225

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