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Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the rapid analysis and detection of animal-related risks (RADAR) to be complete; and how RADAR relates to the veterinary surveillance system. (117989)

The Rapid Analysis and Detection of Animal-related Risks (RADAR) system allows for key surveillance information about animal diseases and conditions to be collected in a structured and consistent manner. It is the technical agent for assisting in delivering the UK Veterinary Surveillance Strategy.

RADAR also contains current, accurate information about the number and location of animals. This allows for a better understanding of animal disease in the UK and the risks posed by them, helping to control animal related disease.

RADAR is being developed and released in phases between now and 2013. The first release happened in March 2005 and made information available on the Great Britain cattle population and cases of salmonella. Information on the Great Britain poultry population has been added subsequently.

RADAR is now operational and further enhancements are being developed. The next update will enable information on sheep, pig, deer and goat movements to be incorporated into the system.

Surveillance reports have already been produced using RADAR and a number of these are available on the Defra website.