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PROMOTING AND STRENGTHENING THE UK TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY
Labour: sees web science, particularly the semantic web, as an area where the UK can be a world leader.
Conservatives: see super-fast broadband as the driver for a stronger tech industry.
Liberal Democrats: want to see improved education in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths; propose Local Enterprise Funds to provide seed capital for start-ups.
Green Party: wants to boost the renewable energy industry; wants to see an increase in the UK's high-tech manufacturing base as a way to reduce the country's dependence on the financial services industry.
Pirate Party UK: sees the abolition of software patents as a way of spurring rapid change in the development industry; sees "overly-broad" hardware patents as disincentives to effective competition.
UKIP: did not answer this question.
BNP: wants to set up technology universities so as to make the UK less reliant on "importing foreigners" for IT work.
SNP: wants a tax break for the computer games industry.
Plaid Cymru: has a laptops-for-kids policy to ensure IT literacy; wants sustainable jobs associated with new technologies.
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