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Rural Payments Agency: ICT

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 224W, on the Rural Payments Agency: ICT, if he will estimate the shelf-life of the Epsilon programme. (258193)

[holding answer 23 February 2009]: The Epsilon programme, involving a 12 month development cycle, made changes to IT systems used to process claims under the Single Payments scheme. The changes made during the Epsilon upgrade will continue to be used unless amendments to the scheme affect the functions introduced as part of that programme.