To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who is the supplier of the office furniture for the new Ministry of Defence Procurement Executive headquarters in Keynsham; what is the value of the contract; when it was advertised in the contracts supplement of the Official Journal of the European Union; and which is the country of origin of the furniture concerned. 
Contracts for the supply of office furniture for the new Ministry of Defence Procurement Executive headquarters at Abbey Wood, north Bristol, were recently awarded to Haworth UK Ltd., a central London-based company, and Herman Miller, a Bath-based company. Haworth is contracted to supply office and ancillary chairs at a value of £1.8 million, ex VAT; Herman Miller will be supplying office workstations, containers and ancillary furniture at a value of just under £6.4 million ex VAT. Requests for expressions of interest for the Abbey Wood furniture package were sought following an advertisement placed in the contracts supplement of the Official Journal of the European Union during November 1993. Seventy-five per cent. of the furniture being supplied by Herman Miller is being manufactured and produced in the UK. The majority of the remaining furniture is being sourced from various locations within the EU.