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IT Projects

Volume 711: debated on Monday 22 June 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Minister for the Natural and Marine Environment, Wildlife and Rural Affairs, Huw Irranca-Davies, on 12 November 2008 (Official Report, House of Commons, cols. 1226–7W), what are the latest expected completion dates and estimated costs of each of the information technology projects in the table. [HL3906]

My honourable friend issued a Ministerial Correction to his Answer on 27 March (Official Report, cols. 5-6MC).

We now include a project that is a new, updated entry from the Rural Payments Agency, which was unintentionally omitted from the November 2008 table.

The projects listed are information technology projects in Defra and its largest executive agencies, the Rural Payments Agency and Animal Health, which were estimated to cost more than £1 million over the life of the project. Costs listed exclude the day-to-day running costs after the completion of the project. The figures quoted are either the actual cost for completed projects or the latest forecast estimates for those that are not yet completed. The estimated costs to completion are subject to change as business cases are reviewed and funding approved.

Projects costing less than £1 million and those within smaller executive agencies, as well as any projects initiated after November 2008, have been excluded as data collection for these would incur a disproportionate cost to the department to compile.


Actual/expected completion date

Actual/estimated costs £

Animal Health Business Reform Programme

November 2011


Rural Payments Agency Cattle Tracing System (CTS) Programme*

November 2009


CAP Health Check Implementation Programme—Rural Payments Agency

November 2010


Customer and Land Database (CLAD)

March 2010


Enabling Technology Programme 2008-09

March 2009


UK Location Programme (previously described with the working title of “INSPIRE/UK Location Strategy Implementation Programme”)

December 2012


Renew IT

March 2009


Rural Payments Agency Managed Document Service

September 2009


Rural Payments Agency Rural Land Register Upgrade

April 2010


Rural Payments Agency Single Payment System Upgrade (including CAP Health Check)

November 2009


Rural Payments Agency Storage Servers Upgrade

March 2010


Spatial Information Repository (SPIRE)

March 2010


Web Rationalisation

March 2011


Whole Farm Approach

March 2011


*This project is a new, updated entry from the Rural Payments Agency, which was unintentionally omitted from the November 2008 table.