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ICE news

Details from the 19 July ICE Council meeting.

THE ANTI-CORRUPTION Forum has produced an 'action statement' for construction companies in a bid to reduce fraud in the industry.

The ICE founded the forum, which includes representatives from anti-corruption lobby group Transparency International, the Association for Consultancy & Engineering and the British Consultants & Construction Bureau. Use of the statement is intended to help stamp out corruption in developing countries which prevents aid money getting through, said professional conduct vice president Jean Venables.

'Existing efforts [to eliminate corruption] are not effective. We want clients to work only with companies who sign up to this [statement], ' said Venables.

An anti-corruption steering group within the ICE has also been set up to develop further policies on the issue.

THE ICE has written to the Engineering Council (ECUK), objecting to the proposed name of the merged Institutions of Electrical Engineers and Incorporated Engineers - the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET).

In a letter to ECUK, ICE director general Tom Foulkes said that the name was 'totally inappropriate'.

'The ICE has objected most strongly from the outset to the proposition that any narrow group of engineers should be allowed to lay claim to the whole spectrum of engineering and technology.' The draft charter for the proposed IET creates a new title of 'registered engineer' which the ICE believes would become confused with established grades of chartered, incorporated and technician engineer.

An IEE spokesman said that it had yet to consult with its members over the name of the joint institution. 'But the name reflects the broad scopes of the two institutions and their members, ' he said.

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