Postal Services Bill

Part of Planning (Developer Bonds) – in the House of Commons at 4:59 pm on 27th October 2010.

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Photo of Alan Reid Alan Reid Liberal Democrat, Argyll and Bute 4:59 pm, 27th October 2010

The Bill requires

"At least one delivery of letters every Monday to Saturday-

(a) to the home or premises of every individual or other person in the United Kingdom".

The hon. Gentleman is getting confused between the Bill and the European directive. The directive guarantees only five days. What the Secretary of State has been saying is that he already has the power under the European Communities Act 1972 to reduce the service to five days, by order, but he has no intention of using it because the Bill guarantees six days. I encourage the hon. Gentleman to read clause 30.

I am also delighted that clause 44 allows Ofcom to impose a duty on other mail operators to make a contribution towards the cost of the USO if that is necessary. I have been campaigning on that for many years. The previous Government resisted it and I am delighted that this Government have put that in the Bill.

I support the Bill and congratulate the Secretary of State on bringing it forward. I believe that it covers all angles and that it will deliver sustainable postal services in all parts of the country.