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Election dysfunction


As the shadow Engineering and Technology Board (ETB) outlines its vision for the future of the profession, it appears that the registrants will not be able to elect representatives to either the governing body or the body that controls the standards for the register.

This is in spite of the fact that we have paid over 80% of the costs of the Engineering Council since its formation and will be expected to pay for the proposed Regulatory Board (RB) and contribute to the costs of the ETB.

I consider that there should be a number of directly elected representatives of the registrants on the ETB to monitor this funding contribution and to ensure that it is primarily used to boost the standing of registered engineers and technicians.

At the time of writing, the proposal for the RB indicates that the ETB will nominate a third of its members, with the Institutions nominating the remainder. This proposal gives registrants no direct involvement in setting and controlling the standards required for the registration. It seems to ensure that registrants have no direct say in the way in which the register is financed and operated or in the way that the standards and the international agreements are controlled.

This is a significant erosion of our rights and should not be undertaken without a referendum.

Gordon McCoombe OBE, registrant elected member of senate 1996-2000, 2 Laurel Cottages, Goodworth Clatford, Andover, Hants SP11 7QZ

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