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UK Government Launches Bug-Tracking Site

The UK government has launched the Millennium Centre, a Web site that will provide current information on the status of Millennium Bug problems in the UK and overseas.

A round-the-clock information and media centre is being established in the Cabinet Office to keep government ministers, the media and public informed about bug problems and how they are being handled. Other centres will provide a similar service in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the Government Offices for the Regions.

The Government's site at www.millennium-centre.gov.uk is the latest move in the battle to overcome the Millennium Bug, which has already appeared in the last few days in some credit card payment machines. Many more problems are anticipated, and the site will carry essential information about them.

Another potential problem is the likelihood of scare stories circulating which have no basis in reality. The Government believes the new site will help people distinguish fact from fiction.

"Over the coming weeks, news concerning suspected Bug-related issues and the Millennial celebrations will be circulating on the Internet and in the traditional media -- should we need to counter any of these stories, we will be doing so here," said a Government spokesman.

Several major companies including Volkswagen and Vauxhall in the UK are planning to shut down their email systems because of the suspected viruses that are likely to appear on January 1. The Millennium Centre will carry details of any major virus outbreaks.

Initial bulletins are expected to be posted to the site at around noon on December 31.