Sir; "Take VAT off, and more people will be able to afford a nutritious product".

Quite so. Nowhere is the abject nonsense of VAT exemplified more than in the treatment of one of our best- known national dishes: fish and chips and mushy peas. These are natural foods, freshly prepared at point of sale. The average fat content per portion is below 9%, according to the latest research by Seafish. The meal contains essential vitamins and nutrients and tastes superb.

Successive governments have assured us that they would never tax food eaten at home, yet that is precisely where 80% of fish and chips and peas is consumed, according to Seafish research. How's that for sheer hypocrisy?