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I am appalled to see that Jon Jennings has restricted his Downing Street petition asking for protection of the title 'engineer' to chartered engineers only (NCE 22 February).

While I wholeheartedly support the idea of title protection, I cannot accept it being only applicable to chartered engineers.

What about the thousands of incorporated engineers such as myself? Do we not count as engineers in Jennings's eyes?

I pay a full membership fee to the Institution of Engineering Technology and a fee to be registered with the Engineering Council and I will not stand by and be told that I may not call myself an engineer.

For the record, I actually raised this precise point some time ago by writing directly to the then prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, only to receive a reply from the Department for Trade & Industry to the effect that this was being looked at as part of the Finniston report.

As we all know nothing has changed and we still lack the status that engineers get in Canada, the US or Japan. It truly is a disgraceful situation but I regret I will not be supporting Jennings's petition as it stands.

Brian M Archer, project co-ordinator, Major Projects Group, Planning and Transportation, Regeneration Directorate, Newcastle City Council NE99 1RD

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