I am delighted that the ICE has opened an office in Cardiff and that David Crompton has been appointed executive secretary for Wales (NCE last week).
However, I was disappointed to read that while his Scottish counterpart will have a lobbying role, Mr Crompton will not have such a responsibility. As one of the very few politically active civil engineers in Wales, I consider it crucial that the 60 National Assembly members can be advised directly on civil engineering topics - in their place of work.
Relying purely on briefings from civil servants on critical engineering issues is simply not acceptable for an Assembly that, for instance, has the remit for Wales's transport infrastructure planning and expenditure priorities. Numerous organisations are employing Assembly lobbyists, all of whom are called on by the politicians to advise them on their own areas of expertise.
If the ICE in Wales really wants to be taken seriously and be influential in the corridors of power, then it must face up to its responsibilities and give the resources to the ICE Wales office that it has given to its Scottish office.
Ian Titherington (G), Plaid Cymru prospective parliamentary candidate for Swansea West, Flat 5, 1 Llanbleddian Gardens, Cathays, Cardiff CF24 4AT