THE YEAR 2000 - COMPUTER COMPLIANCE
1. We embarked on this inquiry in the autumn of 1997
against a background of increasing concern about the potential
impact of the century date change on information technology and
process control systems. Our intention is to present an objective
assessment of the problems and the risks posed and to make recommendations
for managing those risks.
2. We would like to thank all those who provided
either written or oral evidence.
We received 77 memoranda and took oral evidence on six occasions.
We are also most grateful for the help we have received from our
specialist advisers for this inquiry-Mr Roger Baker of Itemplus
Consulting; Mr John Ivinson, Director of John Ivinson and Associates
and the British Computing Society's spokesperson on the Year 2000
issue; and Dr Geoffrey Robinson, former Director of IBM's Hursley
Laboratory and Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Southampton
lists of witnesses and memoranda see pp. xxxviii-xl. Back