Modest size of Polly Peck's 'large sum'

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Sir: Reading today's report by Tim Kelsey and Chris Blackhurst ('Nadir tried to buy a knighthood'), I was intrigued to note that a 'large sum' was pledged to the Royal Society of Arts.

The RSA ran an appeal in 1988/89 which raised a total of pounds 3m. We were most grateful for Polly Peck's pounds 500 contribution - one among several hundred corporate and several thousand individual donations we received - but that comes nowhere near the figures that are implied by your report.

Yours sincerely,

CHRISTOPHER LUCAS

Director

Royal Society of Arts

London, WC2

15 June

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