l WHILE naturally delighted that Maggie O'Farrell thought so highly of Alan Warner's novel The Sopranos, (Review, 31 May), I was puzzled by the stern knuckle-rapping delivered in response to the author's "irksome habit of self-referentiality in odd, supposedly intriguing signs. 'Take in A/W' ... Whose initials are those, I wonder?" This "A/W" is a proof mark and the book she was reading was a proof copy.
l JEFF Howell's claim (Business, 31 May) that there is a "lack of concerted government action in tackling" cowboy builders is untrue. I launched a consultation paper, "Combating Cowboy Builders", which sets out proposals to deal with the problem. These include offering lists of approved builders to consumers and establishing a form of "kite-mark" to identify those which meet prescribed standards.
Minister for London