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minds on the great big problems

NCE is organising five live debates at its Civils 2002 event to focus the profession's wealth of ideas and talent on finding real solutions to the big issues facing the civil engineering industry today.

Contributions and questions from the floor are not just welcome but essential.

This is your chance to have your say.

Motion: Civil engineering is of no interest to young people Date: 11 June 2002, 11am-12.45pm Chair: Stuart Doughty, chief executive, Costain For: Young Engineers' Club director David Rowley, and Andrew Richards of Hochtief and engineering charity Bridging the Gap Against: Saffron Beetham, winner of the Henry Palmer Award 2001, and Symonds director Jonathan Goring Motion: Civil engineers: environmental protectors or destroyers?

Date: 11 June, 2pm-3.45pm Chair: Peter Head, director, FaberMaunsell Protectors: Union Railways head of public affairs Bernard Gambrill and Balfour Beatty operations director Stephen Tarr Destroyers: Environmental consultant and broadcaster Chris Baines and Council for the Protection of Rural England head of policy Henry Oliver Motion: Paying civil engineers more is the only answer to the skills shortage Date: 12 June, 11am-12.45pm Chair: Antony Oliver, editor, NCE For: Dean & Dyball chairman Martin Hurst and Roger McLaughlin of Cameron Taylor Beford Against: Scott Wilson Railways director Hugh Blackwood and Halliburton KBR head of engineering Dick Harris Motion: Extra road capacity is the best way to solve Britain's transport congestion.

Date: 12 June, 2pm-3.45pm Chair: Steve Norris, former minister for transport in London For: Highways Agency chief executive Tim Matthews and British Consultants & Construction Bureau chairman Malcolm Noyce Against: Transport 2000 director Stephen Joseph and University College of London professor of transport infrastructure Phil Goodwin Motion: The construction industry does not take training and development seriously Date: 13 June, 11am-12.45pm Chair: Peter Lobban, chief executive, CITB For: ICE vice president Colin Clinton and founder of contractor Bullivant, Roger Bullivant.

Against: Nuttall recruitment and development manager Bob Devonshire and managing director of Carillion Infrastructure Services Rowan Sharples.

Space is limited so if you want to attend please tick the debate you prefer, complete this form and return it to the address below.

Alternatively, email your name, address and preferred debate to jackie. whitelaw@construct. emap. com and we will forward you an invitation.

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