§ Mr. Barnett
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from the Royal Institute of British Architects about his newly imposed rules for architects commissioned by Government Departments and the Housing Corporation, requiring professional indemnity insurance cover of £250,000 to be extended over a period of six years.
§ Sir George Young
The requirement to which the question refers was introduced in 1984. The RIBA has recently expressed concern both at the duration of insurance cover required and at the default powers of the Secretary of State. Its representations are mow under consideration.