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Post Box Provision (Nelson, Lancashire)

Volume 530: debated on Monday 27 June 2011

The Petition of residents of Nelson, Lancashire, and others,

Declares that there is a need for a post box outside the main Post Office in Nelson.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to encourage Royal Mail to take all possible steps to ensure that a post box is provided outside the main Post Office in Nelson.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Andrew Stephenson, Official Report, 8 June 2011; Vol. 529, c. 245.]


Observations from the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills:

The provision and location of Royal Mail post boxes is an operational matter for Royal Mail and is the direct responsibility of the company. The Government, as shareholder, do not play a role in operational matters for the company and cannot intervene is such matters.

Requests in relation to this issue should be raised direct with the company.

It may be useful for you to be aware that in considering the provision of post boxes, Royal Mail takes into account a range of factors including the number and location of existing post boxes in the area. I understand that there is already a post box in the area, which is sited 115 metres away from the Post office. Customers can also post inside the Post Office and at Royal Mail’s local delivery office, which is also in the vicinity.