CONTRARY to your article"Queen's new spin doctor will get a minimum wage of pounds 190,000" (21 June), taxpayers will not pay pounds 70,000 towards this "via the Civil List" as they never contribute to the Civil List. It isobtained in exchange for Crown Estate revenue of far greater value - last year this yielded a record pounds 102.9m which was quietly pocketed by the Treasury as usual. Frequent misinterpretation of royal finances shows the urgent need of a high-profile representative for the Queen.

Jennifer Miller

London SW15