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RIBA maternity row nothing but a story

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Readers will be disappointed to learn that your reports of me 'locking horns' with Baz Dickson at the RIBA (AJ 26.8.04) need to be filed under fiction, not fact.

True, I support Chris Roche's proposition that RIBA subscriptions should be suspended for women on maternity leave. I strongly believe that our profession, led by our institute, needs to become more accessible to working mothers and become more 'family friendly' in general.

But there is a lot of thinking and debate to go on before we establish how best this can be done.

Baz Dickson, with whom I have the best possible working relationship, was simply pointing out some of the practical issues we will have to grapple with before we can implement a workable scheme. Very helpful, as usual.

Jack Pringle, president elect, RIBA

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