Philip Alexander's letter could not be more wrong about the recent ICE/IMechE merger consultation exercise (NCE last week). The merger consultation was not a ballot, nor was it intended to be. Its purpose was to assess members' initial views in order to assist Council in its consideration of this important matter.
Its results have absolutely no irrevocable effects. If, at some point in the future, the ICE Council recommends a full merger with IMechE, corporate members will have the opportunity to vote on the proposition in a formal ballot, as required by our by laws.
I therefore strongly urge all members to familiarise themselves with the ICE Charter and by laws, which can be read in full www. ice. org. uk.
Council's objective was explicitly to provide clear, consistent information about this possibility at the earliest opportunity and to encourage maximum feedback from members.
Many options were examined in detail before the final combination of postal, e-mail and website communication was selected. We carefully considered a separate, dedicated posting but ruled it out on cost grounds.
Furthermore, we provided significant advance publicity through our MyICE e-mail news service, and NCE highlighted the exercise and its strategic importance with articles and editorials.
Tom Foulkes, director general, ICE, One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA