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Bovine Tuberculosis

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Conservative, West Worcestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) initial capital cost and (b) ongoing maintenance costs are of the SAM computer system for logging cases of bovine tuberculosis.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The initial capital cost of the SAM system for bovine TB is £12.8 million and the annual running cost (hosting and application support), on average, £153,000 per annum.

SAM will enable savings in staff costs specifically related to bovine TB of over £2.3 million per annum. In addition, the investment will allow legacy systems, that are approaching the end of their economic lives and are rapidly becoming unsupportable, to be retired, with consequential savings in support costs. Specifically this system will automate the administrative process relating to bovine TB (which accounts for approximately 50% of Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency's core business), improving both speed and quality. The time required to enter test results and to remove infected animals will be minimised as a result of reducing manual data entry and preventing any possible errors in duplicate data entry.

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