§ Mr. Luff
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who designed her Department's stand for this year's Countryside and Agricultural Show; and what the cost was of(a) the design work, (b) the production of the stand and (c) the stand excluding staff costs, at the shows. 
§ Mr. Morley
The DEFRA stands being used at this year's agricultural shows were designed and built by two companies. Sabre International Exhibitions and Sasex. In both cases the stands are not new, each having been used at events during 2001. The contracts for this work were awarded following an established process of competitive tendering. While the costs involved are a matter of commercial confidentiality they are in line with commercial rates that Government Departments would expect to pay for stands of this sort.