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GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS BEAT THE BUG, REVEALS BECKETT

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The millennium bug caused very little impact across central ...
The millennium bug caused very little impact across central

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

departments.

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

year period.

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.'

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