Letter: Cod peace

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JOHN LICHFIELD'S article on the Common Fisheries Policy ('The policy that got away', 14 August) was well-timed and sensible.

Could I suggest an addition? Any policy will require monitoring and regulation. Fishermen of all countries follow a dangerous profession and sometimes do break the rules.

Surely it therefore makes sense to establish a unified EU fishery protection fleet? Whether we are dealing with the English v the Spaniards or the Scots v the Danes, all can be policed by vessels crewed by the Spanish, English, Danish and Scottish who know the rules.

Sir Russell Johnston MP

House of Commons

London SW1