The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 65 (1987) > Issues > Issue 1 > Maitland Lecture 1986. An Engineering Policy for Britain
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Maitland Lecture 1986. An Engineering Policy for Britain

Britain has a long history of being prolific in invention and innovation but of allowing other countries to capitalise commercially on many of our best ideas. Over the last 40 years, it is clear that the real commercial return has gone not to those countries who have been the first to introduce a new product, but to those who have made well-established products available to a world market-e.g. cars, planes, refrigerators, washing machines, computers, and videos. The Rt. Hon. Dr. David Owen, MP