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Member of the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art

Dean is a member of the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art. The committee is a cross-party group of Members appointed by the Speaker to advise on the use and management of the Parliamentary Art Collection in the House of Commons.


This includes the purchase of works of art, safeguarding the Parliamentary Art Collection, ensuring new purchases are in line with the Acquisition Policy and to advise officials on the decorative interiors of the Commons areas of the Parliamentary Estate.

About the Collection

Parliament has been collecting works of art for over 150 years. The origin of the Collection was in the 1840s when large wall paintings and marble statues were added to the newly built Palace of Westminster. It currently has over 9,000 works of art, divided between the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

It is a collection of national and international significance, which the Committee and the staff in the Curator's Office develop, care for and interpret to ensure it remains relevant to the changing face of Parliament. Care is also taken to illustrate the people and events which have made a difference to the political life of the UK and ensure a variety of styles and approaches from UK-based artists are represented.

Work of the Committee

The Committee's remit is:

  • to advise the Speaker on matters relating to the Art Collection in the House of Commons;

  • to purchase works of art from an acquisition budget funded by the House of Commons, in accordance with the finance rules of the House;

  • to help safeguard the Parliamentary Art Collection and ensure new purchases are in line with the Acquisition Policy and represent good value for money;

  • to advise  officials, as appropriate, on the decorative interiors of the Commons part of the Palace of Westminster and of other Commons buildings on the Parliamentary Estate; and

  • to make proposals on the siting of works of art to the Administration Committee.

My Plan For Watford by Dean Russell MP

Dean is actively involved in the community and is leading local and national campaigns and initiatives to make a difference for people across Watford and around the UK. Use the links below to find out more. If you don't see something important to you, let Dean know via a quick community survey here. 

Funding For
Watford General

Find out about Dean's successful lobbying for £400m funding for West Herts Hospital Trust.

Infrastructure &Transport

From Woodmere Avenue to local infrastructure and transport. Find out about Dean's local work. 

Mental Health
& Wellbeing

Find out Dean's plans for mental health & wellbeing across our town.

Safe Streets &
Fighting Crime

Find out about Dean's work to put victims first, tackle crime and ensure our streets are safe.

Tackling Homelessness

Dean has helped secure over £4m to end homelessness in Watford. 

Education, Skills & Jobs

Find out about the latest initiatives for skills and jobs from kickstarter schemes to training. 

Environment & Waste

Join Dean in ending the use of single use plastic and waste across Watford. 

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