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S5W-15949: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 17 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has cost each year to rectify the reported problems with the IT system that it introduced to process common agricultural policy basic payments, broken down by type of expenditure.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 2 May 2018

Between the start of the CAP Futures Programme in 2012 and 31 March 2017 the Scottish Government invested £166 million (of the £178 million identified in the final business case) in the design and delivery of the Rural Payments and Services IT Platform. This investment also covered rectifying issues and problems as they came to light in the development of the system. The £178m for the functionality originally identified in the scope of the final business is being held to.

Following the closure of the CAP Futures Programme on 31 March 2017, to date, we have specifically invested £860K in addressing the sub-optimal code within the Rural Payments and Services IT Platform and re-testing, providing a measurable improvement in reliability. This work has been done alongside a much broader set of activities to put the CAP payment system on a stable footing and bring in new features (for example the new Land Parcel Information System) that increase the effectiveness of the system and improve services for customers.