§ 27. Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will make a statement on the level of awareness of the need to take action on the millennium compliance of computer systems in the private sector. 
§ Mrs. Roche
Surveys indicate a relatively high level of awareness, some as high as 90 per cent. However, we remain concerned that many businesses, particularly small and medium ones, are still not taking the necessary action to tackle the millennium bug. DTI's initiative—Action 2000—will, as part of its programme of work, undertake research specifically to benchmark the current levels in business across the board. The outcome will ensure that Action 2000's programme is properly focused.