According to the author Mr Tyler:
The business bigwigs, who include among their number Mervyn Davies, chairman of Standard Chartered; Sir John Rose of Rolls Royce and Sir Terry Leahy of Tesco, all apparently agree that if Britain is to remain competitive something radical must be done to encourage young people into science and engineering.Well I can think of one thing, and it's to build and launch a replica HMS Beagle for 2009. I feel three letters coming on. Standard Chartered, Tesco and Rolls Royce could dob in £1 million each and we'd be flying. I mean sailing.
Check out the comment, too. The commentator makes the point that even well-qualified scientists are poorly paid. Others lament the lack of career path or security in many sectors of UK science. You might be able to 'make' young people study science by compelling them to sit in the lab, as many of my classmates were. But the point, surely, is to inspire them. And that takes more than just chopping university tuition fees.