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In committee

Membership of the new committees, under the structure set up in the council of July 1999, was approved, but concerns about the terms of reference were so numerous that Roger Shrimplin, honorary secretary to the council, went away to redraft them.

Regional rage

The old-style, argumentative riba council made a brief reappearance when Guy Thompson, chair of south-east region, proposed that 'any proposal to align riba regional boundaries with those of the rdas (regional development agencies) should not be decided in isolation'. Thompson, concerned about the potential loss of half his region's membership and resources, was told that his motion was 'premature' in the light of the forthcoming meeting of regional chairmen. In best new-riba style, he deferred it to the next council.

Web of wonderment

Alex Reid concentrated in his penultimate director general's report on the achievements of the riba on the Internet, saying: 'We have the world's most comprehensive and effective website on architecture.'

Case to improve CAS

The report criticising the cost and effectiveness of the Clients Advisory Service was merely put to council for discussion, with Marco Goldschmied explaining that 'the next logical step is to ask the management team to prepare a costed business plan.' There was general agreement that the appointment of a full-time director of cas was crucial, with the more headstrong arguing that this should happen before the completion of the business plan. There was also a feeling from the group that prepared the report on the Clients Advisory Service that the time may have come to ask larger clients to pay for the more sophisticated service which cas can, and increasingly should be able, to offer them.

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