Delivery Charges (Scotland)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:14 pm on 20th December 2017.

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Photo of Margot James Margot James Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) 5:14 pm, 20th December 2017

I did hear the intervention from Jim Shannon, and I will look into that.

Businesses have a choice through the universal service obligation, which Bill Grant reminded us about. Royal Mail can deliver parcels up to 20 kilograms, five days a week, at uniform rates throughout the United Kingdom. Regrettably, some businesses and retailers choose not to use that option, and the Government are not in a position to oblige business to choose a particular delivery supplier. There are no regulations that prevent differential charging for deliveries by companies other than Royal Mail. A competitive market should be a sufficient incentive to put pressure on charges applied by retailers and delivery operators, and consumer law requires traders not to mislead consumers or partake in unfair practices.