§ Ms Hewitt
[holding answer 14 January 2003]: The information is as follows:
(a) The ORACLE RAB system became operational in December 1998. Operating costs for the system for the financial years in question were as follows:
£million 1997–98 0.00 1998–99 1.04 1999–2000 2.12 2000–01 2.53 2001–02 2.62
(b) The Department has anti-fraud control built into all its financial systems, and it is therefore not possible to quantify the overall operating cost.