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Postal Services

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2006, Official Report, column 356W, on postal services, which of the products and services are not available across the national network. (158137)

This is a commercial and contractual matter for Post Office Ltd and its clients. Alan Cook, the Managing Director of Post Office Ltd, has been asked to reply direct to the hon. Member.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of Royal Mail’s proposal to cease Sunday and bank holiday postal collections. (160444)

This is an operational matter for Royal Mail. The company introduced Sunday collections a few years ago to enhance their service, but there has been very little take up from the public. Sunday postings are very low, but add a huge amount of cost to the business. Royal Mail have to have regard to their costs and are therefore looking to stop Sunday collections.

The Government considers the maintenance of a universal postal service throughout the UK to be of the highest importance. That is why the obligation is enshrined in primary legislation in the Postal Services Act 2000 and why Postcomm has the primary statutory duty to ensure the provision of a universal postal service at an affordable uniform tariff. Sunday and Bank Holiday collections are not part of the universal service obligation.