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Business: Kent

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 28 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent industrial action by Royal Mail employees on small businesses in (a) Ashford constituency and (b) Kent. (313521)

It is clear that industrial action by Royal Mail staff has an impact on those customers that heavily rely on Royal Mail services and we are aware that many small businesses throughout the country use postal services on a daily basis.

The Government want to see a successful outcome to the ongoing discussions between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union and we welcome the efforts of Roger Poole (former Assistant General Secretary of NUPE and of Unison and Chairman of the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland) as an independent third party in overseeing the current process of talks.

It is essential for both parties to keep talking until an agreement is made on a way forward on the next phase of modernisation, which everyone accepts is vital for Royal Mail’s future.