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Hyett corrects record on Welsh Assembly I do not intend to comment publicly about my offer to the Welsh Assembly to assist, as president, in finding a resolution to the current difficulties between client and architect on this important project. That I offered to help in the interest of both parties, the project and architecture is a matter of public record. Details, if my involvement is ultimately requested by the client, must remain confidential.

I do, however, wish to correct two misconceptions in Mr Deverill's letter titled 'Old boy network alive and well in the RIBA' (AJ 30.8.01) in which he alleges 'cronyism' etc - a most unpleasant allegation:

1) I would be willing to help any RIBA member, irrespective of size of project or reputation of practice. Indeed, I have in the past assisted various practices on a number of occasions and so have my predecessors. Again, the details must necessarily remain confidential.

2) Contrary to what Mr Deverill claims, the RIBA statistics for corporate membership show increases, not decreases.

So let's be a little more cheery and optimistic!

Paul Hyett, RIBA president

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