The principal defect of this report is that it is so general and does not quantify effort on nanotechnology in the UK and elsewhere. Nanotechnology is not new; many of us have been working in the area for some time and we obtain significant results of practical value without these results being unexpected or spectacular, in the light of our previous experience or published work.

It would be helpful to know the scale of present UK activity, where the main centres are in academia and industry, etc.

(Dictated by Prof. Ward and sent on his behalf.)

Professor I M Ward
IRC in Polymer Science & Technology
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Leeds