§ Mr. Clifton-Brown
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list each major new computer system that(a) his Department, (b) non-departmental bodies and (c) agencies under his responsibility have purchased in the last five years; what was the initial purchase cost and what was the final cost; what was each system's (i) planned and (ii) actual date of commissioning; what major computer systems will be purchased by bodies in categories (a), (b) and (c) in the next financial year; and what is their estimated cost. 
§ Mr. Morley
It is not possible to answer this question fully because to do so would incur disproportionate costs. However, the following information may be helpful. This shows the number of IT projects completed/planned in each of the years requested and total costs incurred/estimated for core-MAFF and Agencies. Major274W project areas where total costs fall in the range £1 million-£10 million, or exceed £10 million, are also identified.
Core-MAFF and Agencies Year Projects completed/planned Total costs £ million 1993–94 150 43.8 1994–95 163 42 1995–96 266 40.4 1996–97 185 43.2 1997–98 114 46.1 1998–99 92 33.6
Major Projects £1 million-£10 million Establishment of Meat Hygiene Service Farm Survey System Greater than £10 million CAP Reform Schemes/Projects Resource Management Strategy MAFF's Corporate Office Systems BSE systems MAFF's Millennium Programme