§ Mr. Nigel Jones
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what plans she has to prohibit the sale of non-millennium compliant computer systems; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Battle
The century date change is a particularly serious issue, but I do not believe that prohibiting the sale of non-millennium compliant computer systems is necessary.192W
It is for a well informed, individual purchaser to decide for himself what he needs in his own particular case. As for any other hardware or software supply issue, the details of conformance and performance are best covered in a discussion or specification and agreed by commercial negotiation. The law already provides a remedy for the purchaser of defective goods under The Sale of Goods Act 1979 and for services under the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982, and I see no need for fresh legislation.