Sir, As someone who campaigns on behalf of small businesses to the European Commission, I noted your story about the EU's plans to ban selling products by number.

Clause 2 of Article 24 in the draft regulation does allow for certain products to be sold by number rather than by weight. This is subject to consideration by the Commission and we will be putting the case strongly on behalf of small food businesses.

If we in Britain do not put our points strongly at the right time we'll get what we deserve.

Bob Salmon, Director, Food Solutions