Police and fire services in the UK are behind with their preparations for the Year 2000, a damning report from the Public Accounts Committee warned today.
Committee chairman David Davis said that despite the "significant and costly" programme of work in place throughout the UK to eradicate the millennium bug, there is still a lot to be done to minimise any risk of disruption to key services.
In particular he voiced his concern that the police and fire services are not as far down the track as they should be.
Davis commented: "With only four months to do, it is a matter of concern that there is still much to be done to minimise the risks of material disruption to key services."
He added that the public deserves to be told about the millennium readiness of all providers of key services and that any services that still pose a risk should be named.
The Committee report also said it was "disappointed" by the continued slippage in central government bodies both in achieving millennium compliance and in preparing rigorous business continuity plans.
"Given that most central government bodies have been working on the millennium problem for two years or more, the Committee is concerned that action to halt slippage was not take at an earlier stage," the report said.
Just yesterday, analysts from research company Gartner Group said most organisations were not making sufficient contingency plans to deal with bug related failures. (see Newswire 18 August 1999)
Davis said: "Such plains must be put in place well in advance and must take into account the possibility that winter weather or illness may affect key individuals dealing with situations caused by the bug; and must also allow for the unique demands that might be put on public services as a result of the millennium itself."
He also called for more information on the millennium readiness of overseas countries to be made public. "Official information that citizens and businesses need about the position abroad is still not available."
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