government, Margaret Beckett, cabinet minister responsible for
co-ordinating action on the bug, reported today. She attributed this
to the effort invested in tackling the problem by government
In response to a question from James Plaskitt, MP for Warwick and
Leamington, Mrs Beckett said that - as predicted - it continued to be
business as usual with reports showing that 27 departments and
agencies had logged 82 millennium bug related incidents over the new
Mrs Beckett said: 'Almost all the incidents were assessed as having
a low or very low impact, principally because either the problems
were fixed before the return to work on January 4th and 5th or the
errors were very minor, such as incorrectly dated reports.
'There is no doubt this work on meeting the threat of the millennium
bug had to be undertaken. The bug was shown to have the capacity to
wreak havoc among services, which, though essential, we take for
granted. The government's objective in that work was always to ensure
that the bug resulted in no material disruption to essential
services. That objective has been achieved.
'The government will continue to lead by example and be open and
transparent. I will report back to the house in March on the impact
of the leap year date change on central government, which is expected
to be low. This will be followed by a more detailed report on lessons
learned and benefits captured.'