HC Deb 26 January 1999 vol 324 cc171-2W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he has taken to ensure that emergency services in Wales achieve millennium date change compliance. [67455]

Mr. Michael

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has taken steps to ensure that all necessary measures are taken by the police and fire services in Wales to prepare for the Millennium date change. I have sought to reinforce the sense of urgency and the need for co-operation with local authorities and other public services in preparing for all possible contingencies.

The Welsh Ambulance Trust has responsibility for ensuring Year 2000 compliance of emergency ambulance services. An All Wales Co-ordinating Group has been established to oversee the activities being undertaken by all NHS Trusts and Authorities. The Group is chaired by the Director of the Welsh Office Health Department. An independent assessment of preparations is also being provided by District Audit.

To ensure that there is no material disruption to any of these essential services over the Millennium period, I have invited senior members from the police, fire and NHS in Wales to participate in a high level co-ordinating forum. Representatives from other sectors with responsibility for the provision of key public services will also attend and I will keep progress under close review.

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