With regard to the possible convergence of ICE and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers there will be endless organisational and compatibility problems to be addressed. But engineers are well versed in solving problems.
I would like one day to have a Royal Institution of Engineers - architects and surveyors seem to have managed it. For career purposes I have had to pay three Fellow subscriptions - a not inconsiderable amount.
One institution could have a greater influence to bear on governmental decisions and result in major economies.
It would also be more than capable of carrying out the role currently undertaken by the Engineering & Technology Board - an unpopular organisation with engineers.
It is easy to lose sight of the goal in masses of detail.
John Richardson (F), Elm Cottage, 22 Salmons Lane West, Caterham, Surrey CR3 5LT