I share Mike Gardiner's concern over the Council's decision to withdraw funding from Professional Engineering Institutions (NCE 7 October). In South Wales we believe that education, training and public perception are pan-engineering matters, and so the local association has supported the establishment of PEI Wales wholeheartedly during its first two years of existence.
National and local politicians advise engineers to approach in groups, not as individual institutions. We have started to do this in Wales, under the only recognised group of engineers which currently exists. To withdraw funding to PEIW at this crucial stage in the development of a New Assembly in the principality is both indecisive and short-sighted and does nothing to convince the assembly members that we deserve to have a say.
However, the limitations of PEIs are recognised, and the association believes that it is important to have a construction lobby. There is currently no construction lobby group in the principality. To this end we have embarked on discussions with kindred construction professionals with a view to offering advice on the construction industry and employment.
I W Flower (M), chairman, ICE South Wales Association, Mott MacDonald, 43 Lambourne Crescent, Llanishen, Cardiff, CF14 5GG