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Government warning against millennium bug complacency

GOVERNMENT TASKFORCE Action 2000 has warned construction firms against complacency after the Construction Industry Computing Council claimed millennium bug risks

had been exaggerated.

Action 2000 said it was already concerned that construction was shown by its surveys to be lagging behind almost all other industries.

'For CICC to be tempting people to be even more complacent is premature,' said Action 2000 project manager for embedded systems, Andy Nurse.

CICC members concluded that small firms were unlikely to face a serious risk of disruption even if they used date-dependent programmes.

Some 94% of the UK's 160,000 contractors employ seven or less staff, said CICC. 'Firms that have regularly updated their software and hardware should not have a problem, though firms do need to be seen to be acting responsibly,' said CICC president David Taffs.

Reverting to doing quotes and orders on paper would not bring the firms to their knees, he said.

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