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THE CHURCH of England's plan to sell itself on television ('Church sells 'the God thing' via television', 10 January) is pathetic and certain to make no difference to falling church attendances. The pounds 10,000 would have been far better spent on installing televisions in church for the congregation to watch if the service becomes 'alternatively interesting'.

S Labovitch, Windsor, Berks

AS ONE who has apparently had to contribute to the Chancellor's personal legal bills, can I ask if Norman Lamont will have to pay income tax on these funds as benefits arising from his employment?

H M Gordon, East Sussex

I DO NOT decry the Government's laudable proposal to encourage more unemployed people to take college courses ('Major acts on jobs crisis', 17 January), but I am amazed that this is seen as a way of tackling unemployment. College courses do not generate jobs. What we shall have is more people with knowledge and skills but no opportunity to use them. What is needed is job creation.

Valerie Leveton, West Sussex

M THOMPSON (Letters, 17 January) gave the wrong impression about state pensions. There has been no increase for 13 years. The 'increases' are adjustments for inflation and only maintain the pension value at its 1979 level. At the last election Labour promised a real (that is, above inflation) increase of pounds 5, but the country voted otherwise.

John Bowler, Painswick, Glos

YOUR story 'Redundancy candidates are being put to the test' (10 January) erroneously states that the British Psychological Society approved tests being used by Brent Council to find suitable candidates for redundancy. The British Psychological Society neither produces psychometric tests, nor publishes tests, nor approves tests.

Stephen White, British Psychological Society, Leicester