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Britain's chief e-government initiative came to a standstill today after a spot of overheating.

At first a representative of the Government Gateway, designed to help citizens get to grips with issues such as paying taxes online, seemed to think the site was down for maintenance.

But on closer inspection it appeared that the glitch, which kicked off mid-morning, centred around a mystery 'heat problem' with a power supply.

"There was overheating with a power supply at the data centre," said the representative. "As a precaution, the gateway was taken offline temporarily".

It's not known for sure, but it's suspected, that the overheating caused a fire. The gateway site is hosted by Cable and Wireless.

More details were not available, but the heat problem is being investigated and the site is expected to be back online by 9 am tomorrow.

Cable and Wireless was not available for comment. ®

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