Wales let down in science again

At the third economic summit, the Secretary of State for Wales stated that

"Wales had to prepare to a future upturn in the economy in terms of research, development, training and skills",

Ironic, therefore, that when the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) announce £250 million of funding for 44 Ph.D training centres in science and engineering, NOT ONE OF THESE WILL BE BASED IN WALES.

Certainly, I would expect him to ask the Minister for Science why this is the case as, under the normal Barnett rules, at least £12.5 million should have come to Wales.

Is there any wonder, as a recent report stated, that Welsh universities are underfunded when the none of the additional science funding made available by the UK Government comes to Wales.

I would sincerely hope that one of our MPs - perhaps the Secretary of State himself - will ask why Wales keeps losing out in this way?

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