Postal Services: EC Law

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Kate Hoey Kate Hoey Labour, Vauxhall

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) obligations and (b) restrictions are imposed by the EU Services Directive on (i) Post Office Limited and (ii) the Royal Mail.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Employment Relations & Postal Services)

The EU Services Directive does not impose requirements on Post Office Ltd. or Royal Mail. The services directive is intended to deliver a competitive market in services and eliminate certain barriers to the provision of services. Legislative and administrative requirements imposed on service providers will need to be assessed for compliance with the directive. In the cases of Post Office Ltd. and Royal Mail, the relevant requirements fall largely under the regulatory regime established pursuant to the Postal Services Act. If those requirements do not comply with the directive, they will need to be amended or abolished.

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