I have been interested to read the responses from quantity surveyors to my letter published in Building (23 March, page 34).

I neither expressed the views of the Chartered Institute of Building nor my own views. I was posing a question about the role of quantity surveyors when we are faced with a significant shortage. If we have a shortage of bricklayers, we design out brickwork and find other ways to construct.

From everything that has been said to date, we have a major shortage of QSs and I still believe there’s a debate to be had.

Michael Brown, deputy chief executive, CIOB