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?