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Mr. H. L. Malhotra: ' I would first of all like to congratulate Mr. Ashton on his excellent review of the current state of knowledge on the subject of fire protection
of structures. He has raised many important and interesting issues on which comments will be made during the discussion. I would just like to expand the information on two or three of the important items. '
The following Report which draws upon the conclusions reached in a number of recently
published official Reports upon the supply and demand of professional engineering manpower has been produced by a small Committee under the Chairmanship of Sir Eric Mensforth, President of the Institution of Production Engineers, and including representatives of the Council of Engineering Institutions, the Royal Society, the scientific institutions and the Confederation of British Industry.
This paper outlines the ways in which bridge designers seck to ensure that their bridges are at once adequately safe and economical, and tries to contribute to this process. It also endeavours to determine the degree of safety actually achieved by analysing the numbers of bridges that have collapsed since the industrial revolution.
Sir Alfred Pugsley