The government assessment of local authorities' preparedness in coping with potential dangers of the so-called millennium bug was called into to question by James Plaskitt, Labour MP for Warwick and Leamington. And a leading consultancy's work was questioned.
Mr Plaskitt told Margaret Beckett, who, as president of the council, is overseeing millennium computer compliance, that six local authorities had been given a red - for danger - classification, one of which was Warwick DC.
'The assessment appears to have been based on a questionnaire organised by KPMG. Warwick DC is fully ready in terms of outcomes and is of the view that there is a very low risk of material disruption, but it was given a red because of KPMG's emphasis on processes, which has given a very misleading impression,' said Mr Plaskitt.
Mrs Beckett said the MP had showed how complex millenium bug matters were.
'It is not for me to say whether Warwick DC deserves a clean bill of health, but the government offices are working closely with all the named authorities and will be anxious to pursue with the council the issues that he raised'.