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Mr. H.B. Gould (F) : Mr. President, we have heard an introduction to a very interesting paper. It occurs to me that in saying that the Institution would not wish to block the entrance of technicians into the professional side, Mr. Severn describes
a position that the people concerned may not agree with. I am thinking here of people who, for example, were left outside in the cold when the regulations changed in 1973-people who were quite near to qualification. They may, for example, have taken and failed the Institution's final examination. They found then that to achieve chartered status it was necessary for them to start at university or polytechnics without any
credit for the work they had done at the technician stage.
I shall speak to you today from my own experience and my own conviction. Lest you should think this unduly selfcentred I must say in self-defence that my own working life has, to my own great good fortune, coincided first with the end of colonialism and then with the first steps in a new internationalism. I almost said one foot in the old world and one in the new.
The Rt. Hon. Lord Caradon
We have a request from Mr. K. T. John (M) written from Nairobi : I am currently engaged in the design of several large reservoirs for water schemes in various parts of Africa. Economy and ease of construction is extremely important as many of the
sites are in remote areas and the labour is relatively unskilled.