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Foreign Investment in UK: Higher Education

Wales written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Hywel Francis Hywel Francis Chair, Human Rights (Joint Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the role of higher education in Wales in attracting inward investment; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of David Jones David Jones The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

The Secretary of State for Wales and I have regular discussions with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on a range of topics including the role of higher education in attracting inward investment to Wales.

Higher education plays a major role in attracting investment into Wales. It is vital that Wales offers a skilled and innovative workforce that is able to attract large international companies to locate and invest there.

My right hon. Friend and I remain committed to working with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers to look at ways to encourage more inward investment to Wales in future. My right hon. Friend has also invited the Welsh Assembly Government to be represented on her Business Advisory Group which focuses on ways to boost trade, investment and the economy in Wales.

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