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Rural and Agricultural Shows

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which rural and agricultural shows will be attended by Ministers from his Department up to 31 August. (76363)

Defra will have a corporate presence at the following rural and agricultural shows up to 31 August. We will be attending additional shows beyond this date.

14-15 June: Cereals 2006 in Lincolnshire

28-29 June: The Royal Norfolk Show

2-5 July: The Royal Show, at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

11-13 July: The Great Yorkshire Show

26 July: Fruit Focus, East Malling, Kent

28-30 July: CLA Game Fair, Romsey, Hampshire

All five Ministers will be attending the Royal Show between 2-4 July.

With regards to the other shows on this list, we are currently putting plans in place to ensure that where possible Ministers attend, based on relevance to their individual portfolios and availability.

Additionally, Ministers may of course choose to attend further shows where there is not a corporate presence. For example, Lord Rooker attended the Royal Cornwall Show on 9 June.