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BRITISH inventors had their day in Parliament earlier this month when David Shaw, MP for Dover, called a debate on what could be done to stimulate British innovation. Shaw took up the cause after talking with Trevor Baylis, inventor of the clockwork radio for developing countries. British manufacturers scorned the invention and it is now made in a factory in South Africa. Shaw called for the government to increase its £10 000 a year grant to the Institute of Patentees and Inventors. The IPI’s role is to help individual inventors but its annual budget is only £35 000. Shaw also asked the Millennium Commission to back Baylis’s plan for a royal academy for innovation, which will build a bridge between inventors and industry. Labour MP Adam Ingram blamed government cuts for the “collapse of morale” among higher education researchers. “Without a commitment to research,” warned Ingram, “there is little hope of expansion of innovation and invention.” Ian Taylor, minister for science and technology,