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Most structural engineers will have been familiar with CP111 Structural recommendations for loadbearing walls, first published in 1948, revised in 1964, and metricated in 1970. The Code was amended from time to time but was lacking in guidance in several important areas, e.g. the lateral strength of walls and accidental loading. It contained a very short section on reinforced brickwork walls which was not sufficient to enable the material to be used in an economical way. The workmanship, nonstructural design, and some materials aspects of masonry, were dealt with in CP121 Code of practice for walling: Part l: Brick and block masonry, published in 1951 and revised in 1973. B.A. Haseltine
Dr. Narayanan paints a gloomy picture about the funding of research in universities, but it is important to notice that he is concerned not so much about the amount of the funding as about the dangers to engineering of the workings of the bureaucracy of funding. Prof. A. Bolton
President’s diary Following his return from the annual dinner of the Scottish Branch, the President will take the chair at the first Ordinary Meeting of the new session on the evening of 10 October, on which occasion, also, he will present the sessional awards for 1983-84.