ICE vice president Jean Venables said that Council had failed the benevolent fund in recent years, forcing a reduction in the number of council representatives on the fund management committee from three to two. She said that past trustees had been unable to devote enough time to the fund. Council responded with dismay that it had 'let the fund down' and proposed to reassess its contribution the fund.
The ICE has produced a policy statement regarding legal action against managers and engineers in the light of recent Health & Safety Executive prosecutions against members (see main story).
Council has agreed to condense the existing 16 ICE rules for professional conduct into six concise statements. Guidance notes will accompany the new rules with additional advice on ethical conduct (see story opposite).
Council has given its backing to plans for next year's State of the Nation report. But it warned that the success of the annual spotlight on the nation's infrastructure relies on the boards having enough time to review submissions. Promoting and producing this year's State of the Nation report cost £60,000 which was considered 'good value for money'.
Council debated which organisations should be entitled to free rooms at One Great George Street.
Ways of simplifying the conversion of associate members (AMICE) to full ICE members (MICE) were approved by council this week. A similar simplification was outlined to allow corporate members of the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors also to become MICE (see main story).
The agreement of co-operation between the ICE and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) was renewed at Council under the 'Baltimore Accord'. Although the ASCE does not provide professional accreditation, Council felt maintaining links would be benefit members from both countries.
The ICE has produced a report demonstrating its involvement with the international engineering community. The document was approved by Council and will be updated as new international links develop.