Delivery Charges (Scotland)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:52 pm on 20th December 2017.

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Photo of Bill Grant Bill Grant Conservative, Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock 4:52 pm, 20th December 2017

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries.

I congratulate my hon. Friend Douglas Ross on securing the debate. My input is not going to be as romantic as his, but I was 47 years married yesterday, on 19 December; I remembered late last night, but I did make the phone call this morning. [Laughter.] There was a lovely minister; he must have been very good at his job.

A number of people have contacted me regarding surcharges, but at a recent surgery one of my constituents from a lovely village called Barrhill, raised concerns about delivery charges imposed by various private companies. Barrhill is an Ayrshire village with a small population. It is 12 miles inland from Girvan, which sits on a busy artery, the A77, which my colleagues from Northern Ireland will be familiar with. For the inhabitants it is an idyllic part of the countryside for them to call home; for the delivery companies it is apparently a remote rural location attracting, in some cases, a significant surcharge, which is often disproportionate to the value of the goods being delivered.