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Recital's end

Letters

As a civil engineer of some 'maturity of years', spent both in the public sector and, more recently, as co-founder of a consultancy specialising in the land regeneration sector, I have become increasingly concerned at the burgeoning burden of different compliance and information requests.

These requests are now required for the simplest registration of interest for any project, particularly those handled by the public sector or its framework partners.

I appreciate the need for potential employers to be satised of the operational and nancial integrity of suppliers, but invariably the same information is required from each inquirer in a different order and different format.

Despite there being some attempts made by accreditation organisations to apply preregistration standardisation, such membership does not in any perceptible degree minimise this constant repetitious questioning.

I have calculated that in our practice each application requires a minimum of three man-days input, which on the basis of one application per fortnight, including printing and postage, will cost a minimum of £9,000 per annum, excluding any disruption to productive work. The cost nationally must be staggering.

In these days of increasing sophistication in communication and information technology is it not possible for local authorities to get together and apply a standard format to the recital of information that enables the minimum of alteration?

Philip C Kirby (F), director, Leyden Kirby Associates, p. kirby@leydenkirby. co. uk.

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