New Forest East

DEFENCE – MILLENNIUM BUG – 14 December 1998

Dr Julian Lewis: If the right hon. Lady thinks that Opposition Members are acting frivolously, perhaps she should consider whether Government Members are acting complacently. Is she aware of recent press stories that suggest that a significant proportion of Ministry of Defence systems will fail the test when the millennium bug comes into operation? Will she contrast those reports with complacent statement after complacent statement made in this House in past months about MOD systems? How many more Government Department estimates will be shown to be grossly over-optimistic in that way?