Three first-wave pilots go live in Milton Keynes, Preston and Northumbria.
Second wave of 13 pilots announced, to be up and running by 30 April.
West Midlands, Newcastle and the North East, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Oxford, West Country, Essex, West London, South London, Nottinghamshire, East Yorkshire and Hull, West Yorkshire
North-west Lancashire, Manchester, Hampshire.
26 March 1999
Deadline for third-wave proposals (to be up and running by December, to cover 60 per cent of England).
Final wave in to be operation.