In a series of debates held to consider the UK’s competitiveness in international markets, Academy Fellows and senior engineers voted against three hotly debated motions.

A document recording the event and its results, Competing in the global economy has now been published and is available to download from the Academy’s website.

The three debates, held between October 2010 and January 2011 proposed that foreign ownership of the UK corporate sector was more of an advantage than a disadvantage; that manufacturing needs to hit 20 percent of GDP to help the economy grow; and that innovation is best achieved without government intervention.

With two leading engineering, scientific and business minds arguing the case for each side, all three motions were defeated.

Sir Bill Wakeham FREng, who chaired the debates, said: “The motions picked for debate were deliberately provocative and wide-ranging so as to encourage participation and to stimulate a productive discussion.

“We were privileged to secure a diverse set of authoritative and eloquent speakers for our panels, and all three debates generated a wide variety of views and a welcome willingness to share them.

Download  Competing in the global economy (1.26 MB)

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Notes for editors

The Royal Academy of Engineering Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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