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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00505: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether its common agricultural policy IT system is fully compliant with EU regulations.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 21 December 2016

The CAP IT system is used to administer subsidies under the new EU Common Agricultural Policy and is an EU requirement. This system will provide the capability required to be CAP compliant, supplemented by some functionality from legacy IT systems and some additional manual processes.

As a result of the complexity of the new CAP, it would have been impossible to deliver CAP compliance on schemes configured to Scotland’s needs without a bespoke IT system.