HC Deb 19 June 2003 vol 407 c359W
Mr. Gray

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the agricultural shows which will be attended by Ministers this season; and if she will make a statement on her policy with regard to ministerial visits to shows. [120197]

Alun Michael

A provisional list of the agricultural shows which Ministers hope to attend this season is given in the table. Attendance can be affected by a variety of factors including business in the House.

The Secretary of State and Ministers appreciate the value of attending agricultural shows and visit as many shows as their diaries allow. As it is not possible to visit all shows seeking ministerial support a rolling programme is adopted to ensure all regions of the country are visited each year.

Name Event
Secretary of State
Lord Whitty Royal Show
Devon County Show
Royal Cornwall Show
East of England Show
Royal Show
Royal Lancashire Show
Dairy Event
Mr. Morley Royal Show
Great Yorkshire Show
CLA Game Fair
Mr. Michael Royal Show
New Forest & Hants County Show
Royal International Horse Show, Hickstead
British Equine Event, Stoneleigh
Mr. Bradshaw Royal Show