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Cockshaw invites MPs to ICE

SIR ALAN Cockshaw has called for more dialogue between the Institution and MPs on four key areas.

At a well attended House of Commons Terrace reception, Cockshaw reinforced members' enthusiasm to give professional advice to MPs. Cockshaw said: 'So many of the current Government's initiatives are concerned with matters where perhaps the greatest store of knowledge of what can be done lies within the Institution of Civil Engineers.'

The President claimed extensive ICE input into Egan report on the construction industry and said: 'It is difficult for me to disagree with almost anything in the report, since I used the same words in my presidential address.'

He described integrated transport as 'one of the areas where the expertise of the ICE is pre-eminent'. Stating wholehearted support for the recent transport White Paper, Cockshaw added: 'We would like to encourage closer integration of land use and transport planning.'

After identifying the four government initiatives, which also included Regional Development Agencies and brownfield sites, Cockshaw's clarion call to MPs was: 'The knowledge of what can be done and how to do it lies across the road, and the solutions will be engineered by the kind of people who are here with you.'

The event was sponsored by MP for Scarborough and Whitby Laurie Quinn and attended by 27 MPs, 10 members of the House of Lords and 146 Members and Fellows of ICE, with their partners.

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