As Chancellor Alistair Darling prepared to announce an economic stimulus programme today, prime minister Gordon Brown emphasised the role of technology in the UK’s future.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the Confederation of British Industry, Brown assured CIOs and business leaders that his party will continue to invest in technology, promising to continue investment into the national technology infrastructure and “human capital”.
“Investment in ideas, knowledge, brands and research, these will be vital for building the future of Britain. We have a programme to improve the infrastructure. We are preparing ourselves for the future.”
Brown also highlighted the importance of skilled workers. “We have to have the best skills base possible,” he said.
Brown was more upbeat about the economy than Tory leader Dav id Cameron, who was also at the event. “There is another way of looking at this; we are in the midst of a transition to a global economy,” Said Brown.
Defending his government’s record and taking a swipe at the Conservatives he said, “To fail to act now would be a failure of policy and would lead to higher unemployment.”
Brown said his government will invest in low carbon industries, which he believes will offer at least a million jobs in the UK and he cited the importance of nuclear power in his speech.