§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is her latest estimate of the total cost of resolving the computer millennium problem in(a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) other public bodies for which she is responsible; if she will state in each case(i) expenditure incurred to date, (ii) expenditure planned for 1997–98, (iii) expenditure planned for 1998–99 and (iv) expenditure planned for 1999–2000; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Mrs. Roche
[holding answer 4 November 1997]The estimated cost of resolving the computer millennium problem in the core DTI is £2.7 million.
Expenditure incurred and planned is as follows:
£ (i) To date 266,000 (ii) 1997–98 1,353,000 (iii) 1998–99 1,090,000 (iv) 1999–2000 259,000
These sums will be found from within existing and planned PES provision. Executive Agencies and other public sector bodies with which DTI is associated are finalising their own cost forecasts.