HC Deb 11 February 1998 vol 306 cc273-4W
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. [27844]

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. Major 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