Lords spend £175,000 on art for new offices

July 30, 2012 4:51 PM

The House of Lords splashed out on nearly £175,000 worth of new paintings and statues in the last financial year. Lords’ authorities revealed that the House of Lords Works of Art Collection Fund spending rocketed by around 1,000 per cent compared to the year before. The majority of the money was spent on decorating the new offices at Millbank House in Westminster.


The Collection Fund owns more than 8,000 pieces of art, many of which are not even on display, but collecting dust in storage. During a time of economic difficulty, it is hard to see how those administering the Collection Fund thought this to be appropriate. While they claim this is only a one-off, taxpayers will still be left wondering why they are picking up an extravagant bill for unnecessary new artworks, some of which they will never be likely to enjoy themselves.The House of Lords splashed out on nearly £175,000 worth of new paintings and statues in the last financial year. Lords’ authorities revealed that the House of Lords Works of Art Collection Fund spending rocketed by around 1,000 per cent compared to the year before. The majority of the money was spent on decorating the new offices at Millbank House in Westminster.


The Collection Fund owns more than 8,000 pieces of art, many of which are not even on display, but collecting dust in storage. During a time of economic difficulty, it is hard to see how those administering the Collection Fund thought this to be appropriate. While they claim this is only a one-off, taxpayers will still be left wondering why they are picking up an extravagant bill for unnecessary new artworks, some of which they will never be likely to enjoy themselves.

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