UK parliamentary secretary Paddy Tipping expressed concern today over the completion dates for millennium compliance in some Government departments.
Earlier this week, a Public Accounts Committee report said it was "disappointed" by the continued slippage in central government bodies both in achieving millennium compliance and in preparing rigorous business continuity plans, but it did not name particular departments.(see Newswire 18 August)
However, Tipping said today that Companies House, The Employment Tribunal Service and The Northern Ireland Office would not complete their compliance programmes of business critical systems until the last quarter of the year at best.
He commented: "I am concerned that three departments report for the first time that their business critical systems will not be ready until September or October."
Tipping added: "In all these cases I have written to the appropriate Secretary of State, asking them to monitor progress carefully and ensure that any necessary remedial action is taken."
He explained that Companies house, which has two small, but business critical systems, is experiencing slippage from late August to early September. However, the department said it is confident that the slippage is minor and will be resolved before the next report is due.
The Employment Tribunal Service has completed Year 2000 testing of its system and implementation is expected in September.
The Northern Ireland Office expects its systems to be compliant and tested by the end of September with complete roll out in October.
Tipping said good progress had been made in the wider public sector and said he was pleased with the good work being done by the emergency services, despite the Public Accounts Committee's warnings of slippage in the Police and Fire Brigades.
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