Postal Services Bill

Part of Planning (Developer Bonds) – in the House of Commons at 4:07 pm on 27th October 2010.

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Photo of Michael Weir Michael Weir Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change) 4:07 pm, 27th October 2010

Indeed. Let me quote one of the myths in the leaflet:

"Growth in parcels from online shopping will outweigh falls in letter volumes".

The response states:

"The parcels market is much smaller than the letters market and has been fully liberalised since 1981, making it highly competitive."

It might be highly competitive, but many carriers will not deliver to remote and rural areas, particularly to Scottish islands, except at immense cost. There is a real danger in going down the route of privatising postal services.