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Letters

I am surprised that you have received only one letter on the subject of changing the ICE membership structure and I wonder if members realise what a significant change is being proposed.

However, George Gray has set out the factors which should concern us all (Letters NCE 5 May). I am not sure that I agree with his swipe at 'ICE bureaucrats' because it is the senior members of the institution who appear to have lost the plot.

The stification for these proposed changes has not been adequately explained and a lengthy period of discussion and debate is required before any implementation can take place. Certainly the proposed date of late May for a ballot is quite unacceptable and one is left with the impression that this matter is being rushed through before anyone notices.

Compare this process with the long-standing (about 30 years) neglect of the education and training of technicians, a much more important issue.

This surely has a much higher priority than admitting into membership people with no knowledge of civil engineering at a time when we have all agreed that the profession needs a higher public profile.

Jim Haude (F), 17 Breamwater Gardens, Ham, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7SF

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