Britain's critical services, including police, fire and electricity, are prepared to survive the millennium bug and has been given the all clear from the government's Year 2000 watchdog.
An independent assessment by Action 2000 of all 25 critical sectors that make up the UK infrastructure has found all sectors to be Y2K ready. All now have Action 2000's 'blue light' after doubt earlier this year that some services would make the deadline.
Under the Action 2000 'traffic light' colour coding system, a 'blue' status is achieved when no risk of "material disruption to the infrastructure is identified."
Don Cruickshank, chairman of Action 2000, said: "The estimated £20 billion invested in UK preparations has brought together government and industry to work in partnership to tackle the issue. I am confident that the UK infrastructure will suffer no material disruption due to the millennium bug."
The independent assessment programme covered areas of potential risk such as IT systems and embedded chips, and companies' Millennium Operating Regimes - the plans and procedures an organisation has in place to ensure it can operate normally over the holiday period.
Action 2000 has warned companies, however, to avoid complacency. It said it would monitor all sectors continually up to the date change.
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