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Trade and Industry written question – answered on 1st May 2002.

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Photo of John Cryer John Cryer Labour, Hornchurch

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her Department has had talks with the Dutch postal company TPG in the past year.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (e-Commerce & Competitiveness)

The Department has met representatives of the Dutch postal company, TPG, on a limited number of occasions to examine specific aspects of a possible merger of Consignia's postal activities with them. No satisfactory agreement was reached between the companies on a merger and Ministers therefore agreed with the company that discussions should cease.

Since the Government have given Consignia commercial freedom, within the public sector, it is entirely appropriate that Consignia has been considering its commercial strategy, including the possibility of relationships or joint ventures with other operators.

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