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On 20 July last, under ref. BRA/1068/2, the DOE addressed the letter given below to local authorities, new town development corporations, etc. The letter contains an assessment of the BRE Report on the failure of roof beams at Sir John Cass's Foundation and Red Coat Church of England Secondary School, Stepney, and sets out a programme of action for inspection and assessment. Attached to the letter was an annex 'Suggestions for testing high alumina cement concrete' which is published on page 326.
Professor S. Mackey (F) : My main concern is to learn why, in Britain, limited records of wind and pressure measurements are being extrapolated to such a degree that if applied to Hong Kong conditions would render economic design of buildings impossible.
In recent months Sir Kirby Laing, Sir St. John Elstub and Mr. A. G. Milne, as Presidents respectively of the Institutions of Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers have been considering the future organization of the profession. At the beginning of July Sir Leonard Atkinson, as Chairman of the CEI, invited the presidents of all 15 CEI constituent institutions to consider an analysis of what was seen by the three Presidents as being the current problem. At that meeting it was arranged that the respective Presidents would consult informally with their Council colleagues and return to the matter at the end of September.