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St Ilids Meadow postal round

Volume 699: debated on Monday 19 July 2021

The petition of residents of the constituency of Ogmore,

Declares that the postal round at St. Ilids Meadow, Llanharan be made a permanent postal round rather than one which is overtime only.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to encourage Royal Mail to make the postal round at St. Ilids Meadow, Llanharan a permanent postal round.

And the petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Chris Elmore, Official Report, 18 May 2021; Vol. 695, c. 653.]

[P002663]

Observations from The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Paul Scully):

The Government's objective in relation to post is to ensure the provision of a sustainable, efficient, accessible, and affordable universal postal service in the United Kingdom.

Royal Mail is a privatised business, fully independent of the Government. The Government therefore is not involved in the day-to-day operations of Royal Mail and does not play a role in handling or resolving matters relating to Royal Mail's services.

Royal Mail has nevertheless advised the Government that that there has been a reduction in service levels in areas served by Pontyclun Delivery Office, including St. Ilid's Meadow. However, the combination of declining absence levels and a recent recruitment drive are contributing to restoring service levels. A new management structure at Pontyclun Delivery Office and a revision of the postal operation to address the property growth in the area will allow Royal Mail to continue to improve service levels.