Post Office

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th January 1980.

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Photo of Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne , Knutsford 12:00 am, 28th January 1980

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he has yet completed his review of the Post Office monopoly.

Photo of Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne Mr Jock Bruce-Gardyne , Knutsford

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that reply. The negotiations and discussions on telecommunications seem to have been taking a considerable time, and it is hoped that his Department has not overlooked the future of the Post Office mail monopoly, since the service continues to decline and the price continues to increase.

Photo of Sir Keith Joseph Sir Keith Joseph , Leeds North East

We have not over looked that.

Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody , Crewe

Has the right hon. Gentleman also not overlooked the fact that the Post Office undertakes deliveries to places which are not economic, most of them in rural areas represented by Tory Members? Is it his intention to cut these services.

Photo of Sir Keith Joseph Sir Keith Joseph , Leeds North East

The answer to the first part of the hon. Lady's question is "Yes, I am aware of it". All factors are being considered by me.

Photo of Mr Jonathan Aitken Mr Jonathan Aitken , Thanet East

Will my right hon. Friend, as one aspect of his review of this monopoly, instruct the Post Office to stop pursuing threats of prosecution and other legal action against well-intentioned volunteers who, at Christmas time, seek to organise some form of well-meaning local free delivery service of cards and parcels to old-age pensioners?

Photo of Sir Keith Joseph Sir Keith Joseph , Leeds North East

I am sure that the chairman of the Post Office will read what my hon. Friend has said, but I certainly do not intend to instruct him.

Photo of Dr Jack Cunningham Dr Jack Cunningham Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson (Industry)

Will the Secretary of State assure us that before he makes any final decision about the postal monopoly he will consider the views of the Post Officer Users National Council, which includes many major private sector industrial organisations which are totally opposed to the views espoused by his hon. Friend the Member for Knutsford (Mr. Bruce-Gardyne)?

Photo of Sir Keith Joseph Sir Keith Joseph , Leeds North East

Yes, I shall try to take all the views known to me into account.