I salute the excellence of Asian professionals across many sectors of British life and activity . Their achievements signify two important things. First that Britain gains enormously from the high skills and dedication  of Asian professional people. And  second that in the 21st century the world looks increasingly to the superior technical and technological  mastery  of the great Asian nations and their  top quality educational and research establishments to spread  the knowledge resources and expertise across the globe which every country needs. Best wishes for a most successful Awards event.

—The Rt. Hon. Lord Howell of Guildford