Previous Section Index Home Page

14 Oct 2009 : Column 928W—continued


Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the research on badger perturbation produced by the Woodchester Project. [292424]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Food and Environment Research Agency's Woodchester Park team has published over 100 papers on the relationship between badger biology and bovine TB dynamics. Research on the perturbation of badger populations, including work on the relationship between badger movement and TB dynamics at Woodchester Park, has been peer-reviewed and published in the following recent scientific papers:

Further detail of the DEFRA funded Woodchester Park project (SE3032 The long term intensive ecological and epidemiological investigation of a badger population naturally infected with "Mycobacterium bovis") is available on the DEFRA website.

Beef: Brazil

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much beef was imported from Brazil in (a) May, (b) June, (c) July and (d) August in each year since 2005. [291919]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The following table shows the amount of beef imported from Brazil in May, June, July and August in each year since 2005.

Month and year Total number of consignments Total quantity (kilos)

May 2005



June 2005



July 2005



August 2005



May 2006



June 2006



July 2006



August 2006



May 2007



Jun 2007



July 2007



August 2007



May 2008



June 2008



July 2008



August 2008



May 2009



June 2009



July 2009



August 2009



Information obtained from TRACES.

Bovine Tuberculosis: Hertfordshire

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms in (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency, (b) Dacorum and (c) Hertfordshire were under bovine tuberculosis restrictions on the latest date for which figures are available. [289426]

14 Oct 2009 : Column 929W

Jim Fitzpatrick: TB statistics are available currently at county and regional level. On 30 June 2009 the number of herds under restriction in Hertfordshire was 13, with one new unconfirmed TB incident. It should be noted that herds under restriction on 30 June will include herds under restriction due to overdue TB tests.

Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who his Department plans to contract to undertake the vaccination of badgers in the forthcoming bovine TB project; and if he will make a statement. [292423]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Contractors to undertake the vaccination of badgers for the Badger Vaccine Deployment Project will be recruited through an EU tender run by the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera). This is currently underway and will run until April 2010.

Fera will train the recruited contractors to trap and vaccinate badgers as part of the licensing and accreditation process.

Departmental Communication

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are classified as (i) communicators and (ii) have access to the Government Communication Network. [291843]

Dan Norris: There are currently 67 staff in the Communications Career Home within core DEFRA including individuals outside the Communications Directorate.

All UK civil servants can access the Government Communication Network (GCN) to view and receive e-mail alerts for job vacancies but they must be working as a communicator to register as a member and access networking areas of the site.

Information on Communicators in DEFRA Executive Agencies and NDPB's is not held centrally at present. However, these data are likely to become available over the next few months.

Departmental Electronic Equipment

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2008, Official Report, column 38W, on departmental electronic equipment, how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have spent on (i) flat screen televisions, (ii) DVD players and (iii) stereo equipment since December 2008. [289171]

Dan Norris: The core-Department's financial system records expenditure of £18,024 on flat screen televisions since December 2008. No expenditure is recorded for DVD players and stereo equipment. Expenditure on electronic equipment by DEFRA's agencies is not recorded centrally outside of the core-Department's financial system and the information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

14 Oct 2009 : Column 930W

Departmental Energy

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote energy efficiency in its operations. [289529]

Dan Norris: We are taking the following steps to maximise our energy efficiency:

This is supported by an ongoing programme of installation of energy efficient technologies. Initiatives which have already been implemented include: voltage regulation technologies, energy efficiency lighting, insulation and draught proofing, biomass, combined heat and power plants and automatic metering (AMR) of utilities. Thermal imaging surveys have also been undertaken at a number of sites, the survey results will form a programme of works to improve the thermal efficiency of the buildings.

Departmental ICT

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what IT systems have been in development for use within his Department in the last five years; what the reason for the development of each system was; how much has been spent on the development of each system; and which systems have been subsequently (a) implemented, (b) terminated prior to implementation and (c) terminated following implementation. [290522]

Dan Norris: Data on costs of IT systems could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Instead data has been provided for the entire project where IT system development costs are a significant proportion.

The projects listed are information technology projects in DEFRA that 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 as at April 2009 for those that are not yet completed. The estimated costs to completion are subject to change and the Department carries out regular reviews of the projects and their associated business cases at key strategic points.

Projects costing less than £1 million, those being carried out within Executive agencies, projects transferred to the Department for Energy and Climate Change and projects initiated after November 2008 have all been excluded as such data is not held centrally. Collection would incur a disproportionate cost to the Department.

No projects have been terminated following implementation.

14 Oct 2009 : Column 931W

14 Oct 2009 : Column 932W

14 Oct 2009 : Column 933W

14 Oct 2009 : Column 934W
Project Reason for development Actual/expected completion date Status Actual/estimated costs (£)


To provide Electronic Data and Records Management system for DEFRA


Project closed in November 2005. Pilot phase demonstrating that predicted productivity benefits would not be fully realised and costs would be higher than expected and would outweigh the quantified benefits. Further cost to taxpayer avoided estimated at £19 million.


Customer and Land Database (CLAD)

To enable a limited set of Rural Payments Agency (RPA) customer and land data sets to be shared securely within the DEFRA delivery body Network

March 2010



Customer Information Programme

To enable DEFRA to hold improved customer information


Project closed during development phase in June 2007 due to reprioritisation of budget. Project deliverables (valued at £247,000 were reused in CLAD development)



Development of an online application for management of plant health-related processes. It is used by plant health and seeds inspectors to record licensed inspections of plants coming into and out of the UK

April 2007



Enabling Technology Programme 2009-10

Annual investment programme in high priority infrastructure and application architecture developments driven by DEFRA Network's business needs

March 2010



National Equine Database

Joint industry/public sector development of a database to hold data on 'horse passports' for the purpose of monitoring passport compliance and for disease control surveillance

December 2006



Noise Mapping

IT system developed to meet requirements of Environmental Noise (England) Regulations 2006 to enable the production of Noise Maps to help production of plans to manage noise issues and effects

May 2007



RADAR (Rapid Analysis and Detection of Animal-related Risks)

Development of a data warehouse bringing together information about livestock populations and diseases from many different Government data sources allowing for analysis to be performed in event of a disease outbreak

March 2009



UK Location Programme

DEFRA leads the cross-Government UK Location Programme, a joint programme to implement the INSPIRE EU Directive and the UK Location Strategy

December 2012



Phoenix IT Project

To handle licences for protected species covered by international conventions


Project closed in June 2006 due to reprioritisation of budgets. Further cost to taxpayer avoided estimated at £2.5 million


Renew IT

Providing a modern and efficient IT working environment based on refreshed IT services

March 2009



Spatial Information Repository (SPIRE)

Supports policy making and operational delivery by providing access to up-to-date geographic information

March 2010



Waste Data Strategy

Development of a data warehouse that takes data from Environment Agency and DEFRA systems to allow for production of summary and ad-hoc reports/analysis to produce a sound evidence base for improved waste management policy development

June 2007



Web Rationalisation

To support the Transformational Government Web Rationalisation Programme

March 2011



Whole Farm Approach

Current work is centred on providing online access to key transactional systems from various DEFRA agencies via the Whole Farm Approach including single farm payment, environmental stewardship and cattle tracing

March 2011



Next Section Index Home Page