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SONE: the facts

LAST WEEK'S news story about Supporters of Nuclear Energy referred to the British Nuclear Industry Forum. This should have read the British Nuclear Energy Society.

New Civil Engineer apologises for the confusion caused. The British Nuclear Industry Forum is the nuclear industry's trade association and is not

connected in any way with the ICE. The British Nuclear Energy Society is a learned society for all those interested in nuclear energy.

In response to the wave of correspondence on this subject, ICE's former Director General & Secretary Roger Dobson has set out the facts about the ICE's relationship with SONE.

Dobson writes:

The ICE provides administrative support for 16 associated societies, one of which is the British Nuclear Energy Society. This administrative support is paid for by the BNES and is not a cost to the ICE. These societies provide an important part of the learned society activity of the ICE and contribute to the search for '...what is best for society'.

At the request of the BNES the ICE provides a PO Box for SONE, and a telephone answering service. None of the correspondence is handled by the ICE staff; it is all forwarded unopened to SONE and the telephone answering service consists only of taking messages. SONE reimburses BNES for these services.

When the request to provide assistance to SONE was received from BNES, the ICE went to great lengths and consulted widely to ensure that there were no conflicts with its status as a learned society and a charitable body. The result was a three party agreement, initially for seven months, with a clause that provided for termination of the agreement if it proved embarrassing to any party, and provision for renewal with the agreement of all parties.

The address for SONE provided in the agreement is PO Box 25124, c/o BNES, One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3ZS. This was intended to indicate clearly the positions of the ICE, BNES and SONE.

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