The UK's Trident missile system is millennium bug free, according to carefully worded assurances given to Parliament this week.
Defence Minister Doug Henderson told MPs: "Specifically, the mission critical sub systems of the Trident II (D5) Strategic Weapons System have already been certified as Year 2000 compliant."
Henderson, however, did not mention non mission critical systems - or the computer systems used to operate the Trident nuclear missile submarine and its own nuclear reactors.
The government minister had been asked about, "problems in relation to the Trident missile system."
Robin Guenier, chairman of pressure group Taskforce 2000, said that the Ministry of Defence had, "a most significant problem with huge numbers of critical systems."
Guenier added: "Missile systems are fail safe if there are software problems. So there is very little danger of an unexpected nuclear holocaust."
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