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Departments: Public Expenditure

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to what (a) purposes and (b) projects the fruitless payments referred to on page 87 of his Department's Resource Accounts 2005-06 related. (123400)

These payments related to projects that were cancelled.

The Exotic Disease Control project related to the monitoring of exotic disease in animals. This project became obsolete following the creation of the State Veterinary Service and the establishment of a long-term strategy for recording and monitoring endemic and exotic disease on another software application.

The Catalyst project was a pilot project for the Electronic Data Record Management. Following a review by the project board it was agreed to end the project as the benefits did not warrant further investment.

The Phoenix IT project related to the Global Wildlife Division, formerly part of the Department for the Environment Transport and the Regions (DETR). Following a review by the project board it was agreed to end the project as the benefits did not warrant further investment.