§ Mr. Clappison
I beg to move amendment No. 62, in page 67, line 11, leave out 'such' and insert'the bodies representative of architects which are incorporated by royal charter and such other'.The Bill, as it stands, requires the board to consult professional and educational bodies as it thinks appropriate. We believe that it would be unreasonable for the board to fail to consult the Royal Institute of British Architects—the professional organisation to which 70 per cent. of architects belong.
The amendment requires the board to consult the Royal Institute of British Architects and its equivalents in Scotland and in Northern Ireland. The obligation to consult the chartered bodies implies a duty to have due regard to their views. As hon. Members will be aware, the Royal Institute of British Architects is the main body responsible for the education of architects and, therefore, it is entirely appropriate that its views should be taken into account.
§ Mr. Keith Vaz (Leicester, East)
As with all the amendments in relation to architects in this part of the Bill, the Labour party is happy to accept the amendment. We believe that other bodies should be consulted.
§ Amendment agreed to.