An ‘army’ of trained IT personnel, designed to protect small and medium-sized companies in the UK from year 2000 computer problems, has only attracted 24 recruits. Prime Minister Tony Blair announced three months ago 26m pounds in grants so that companies could send employees on government-subsidized courses. But the Times reports that Prince, one of the companies appointed to train the ‘bug-busters’, fears the government will miss its targets. Everything is ready but there is very low interest, said a company official. A government official defended the slow progress of the scheme saying it was early days. Good to know that the government isnÆt panicking at the thought of 24 trained and tireless workers handling Y2K compliance in thousands of small companies.