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Computer Millenium Non-Compliance (Contingency Plans) Bill

This is the text of the Computer Millenium Non-Compliance (Contingency Plans) Bill, as presented to the House of Commons on 2nd February 1999.

Computer Millenium Non-Compliance (Contingency Plans) Bill
2.Duties of certain organisations to prepare contingency plans.
3.Financial provisions.
4.Short title.





Require organisations responsible for the provision of essential public services and critical infrastructure to draw up contingency plans in the event of their computer systems failing to deal with calendar dates after 31st December 1999; to require such plans and the names of those responsible for them to be notified to an appropriate authority; to require the plans to be made available on demand; and for connected purposes.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

Application.     1. - (1) This Act applies to any organisation of a type listed in subsection (2).
      (2) The types of organisations are-
    (a) government departments or agencies;
    (b) local authorities;
    (c) police forces;
    (d) fire brigades;
    (e) ambulance services;
    (f) coastguard services;
    (g) air traffic control services;
    (h) marine pilotage services;
    (i) airport authorities;
    (j) port authorities;
    (k) health authorities;
    (l) water companies;
    (m) sewerage companies;
    (n) electricity providers;
    (o) nuclear fuel reprocessing facilities;
    (p) mains gas providers;
    (q) suppliers or refiners of hydrocarbon fuels;
    (r) providers of telecommunications services;
    (s) banks;
    (t) building societies;
    (u) any organisation or type of organisation which may be added to this list in an order made by the Secretary of State.
Duties of certain organisations to prepare contingency plans.     2. - (1) An organisation to which this Act aplies shall be under a duty to-
    (a) assess the capability of every computer system operated by the organisation which is-
      (i) essential to the continued provision of essential public services or critical infrastructure, and
      (ii) programmed to manipulate calendar dates
    to deal accurately with dates later than 31st December 1999;
    (b) prepare plans for continuing to provide such services or infrastructure in the event of failure on the part of such a system to deal accurately with such dates; and
    (c) deposit a copy of such plans and the name of any person responsible for them with the local authority for any area which might be affected by a failure of the kind referred to in paragraph (b).
      (2) A local authority shall ensure that any plans deposited with it under subsection (1) are made available for inspection at all reasonable times.
      (3) In this section, "computer" and "computer system" shall be construed to include any means of processing instructions capable, when incorporated into a machine-readable medium, of causing a machine having information-processing capabilities to indicate, perform or achieve a particular function, task and result and will further include (without limitation to the foregoing) a semiconductor chip embedded within a machine.
Financial provisions.     3. There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament-
    (a) any expenditure incurred by a government department under or by virtue of this Act; and
    (b) any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under any other Act.
Short title.     4. This Act may be cited as the Computer Millennium Non-Compliance (Contingency Plans) Act 1999.

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