Nearly a third of civil engineers polled by NCE last week complained that none of the main political parties appeared to be listening to their views (see News).
Almost 20% said that they felt no party offered much in the way of support for their efforts to maintain the built environment.
So what do the party leaders really think about the key issues which affect civil engineers?
We put questions on skills shortages, transport, energy, waste management and construction policy to the leaders of the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats. Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy responded, but Tony Blair was too busy, so Labour candidate and civil engineer Lawrie Quinn answered on his behalf. Here is what they had to say.
INFOPLUS For the full responses from Michael Howard, Charles Kennedy and Lawrie Quinn go to: www. nceplus. co. uk