Letter: Major and the manufacturers

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Sir: It is good to see recognition of the important role engineers make to wealth creation from the Prime Minister ('Major rejects Thatcher view on manufacturing,' 4 March). We may be witnessing a change in attitudes to engineers and engineering in this country. There have been a number of signs.

One heartening example came in a survey which showed that a growing number of schoolchildren have a more correct perception of the role of a professional engineer. Perhaps we are seeing a merging of C. P. Snow's 'two cultures'.

Yours faithfully

RON KIRBY

Director of Public Affairs

The Engineering Council

London, WC2

4 March

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