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Electronics Industry

Volume 407: debated on Friday 20 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 3 June 2003, Official Report, column 326W, on the electronics industry, if she will make a statement on how the £100 million per annum to improve the skills base for electronics is to be spent. [120928]

By 2005–06 the Government will be investing an extra £100 million per annum to:

  • increase the minimum PhD stipend to £12,000
  • increase funds for PhD training
  • provide 1,000 new academic fellowships over five years
  • increase post-doctoral training
  • increase post-doctoral research pay by around £4,000

This investment will create a stronger science base and a pool of highly talented people with skills in engineering, science and technology to help drive innovation and support the UK's productivity and competitiveness, including the electronics industry.