The Tory MP who watched his Year 2000 compliancy Bill die in the final days of the last parliament is fighting to revive it under the new government.
Andrew Hull, assistant to David Atkinson MP, who tabled the Companies (Millennium Computer Compliance) Bill, said: ?He will try to bring back the bill at the earliest possible opportunity. He will press that time is running out and wants it completed within the next couple of months.?
The Bill proposes that every UK company must assess the capacity of their business critical systems for Year 2000 compliancy and report the findings to their shareholders.
During the previous parliament the Bill received its first and second readings in December and January, but did not complete its reporting stage. It will now have to go through the process all over again.
The proposals were objected to by the Tory government at the reporting stage on 28 February, on the grounds that the Department of Trade and Industry's campaign efforts through the Year 2000 Taskforce were enough to raise awareness of the issue.
Hull said Labour had not issued a party line on whether it supported the Bill but said he was confident that it would receive support from the new government.
* The Tory government-initiated Taskforce 2000 campaign to raise awareness of the millennium software crisis among the business community is to seek extra funding from the Labour government. It had original received #100,000 to carry out its efforts, which was later increased to #200,000. ?This is a paltry sum for what we are trying to do,? said one member.
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