§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if an internationally agreed standard for year 2000 compliance for computer systems has been agreed and published; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Wills
I understand that a draft international standard ISO/IEC/16509 has been circulated by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for balloting within their member bodies. National standards bodies have been asked to reply by 12 March 1999. The British Standards Institution (BSI) is presently formulating the United Kingdom response to the document.