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Hansard 26 July: Column 14 ...
Hansard 26 July: Column 14

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.

He asked if before a further check on progress was made whether the government would review the assessment criteria so they focus more on outcomes and less on processes.

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'.

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