House of Commons portcullis
House of Commons

Publications on the internet
Index of Amendments

S.C.B.

Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 22nd February 2000

STANDING COMMITTEE B


Mr Alan Johnson That, during proceedings on the Postal Services Bill, the Committee do meet on Tuesdays at half-past Ten o'clock and at half-past Four o'clock and on Thursdays at Nine o'clock and at half-past One o'clock.

POSTAL SERVICES BILL

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order to be proposed by Mr Alan Johnson.


Mr Alan Johnson To move, That the Bill be considered in the following order, namely: Clause 1, Schedule 1, Clauses 3 to 5, Clauses 31 to 39, Clause 2, Schedule 2, Clauses 40 to 50, Clauses 6 to 30, Clause 51, Schedule 3, Clauses 52 to 79, Schedule 4 and 5, Clauses 80 to 93, Schedule 6, new Clauses, new Schedules, Clauses 94 to 101, Schedules 7 and 8, Clauses 102 to 105.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

2

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     25,     after 'packets', insert 'and relevant postal items'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

3

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     28,     after 'packets', insert 'and relevant postal items'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

4

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     30,     after 'packets', insert 'and relevant postal items'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

5

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     33,     after 'packets', insert 'and relevant postal items'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

1

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     40,     at end insert 'where the prices under such agreements are geared to the costs associated of providing the services to those customers,'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

6

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     16,     after first 'packets', insert 'or relevant postal items'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

7

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     16,     after second 'packets', insert 'or relevant postal items'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

8

Clause     4,     page     3, line     22,     leave out from 'Union' to end of line 25 and insert—

    '"relevant postal items" means postal packets whose weight does not exceed 2 kilograms and whose dimensions fall within permitted limits, and

    "relevant postal packets" means postal packets excluding letters whose weight does not exceed 10 kilograms and whose dimensions fall within permitted limits.'.


   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

15

Clause     33,     page     18,     line     29,     after 'Kingdom', insert ', the European Community'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

16

Clause     33,     page     18,     line     31,     after 'Kingdom', insert ', the European Community'.


   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

17

Clause     36,     page     20,     line     13,     leave out 'any person' and insert 'the Council, a universal service provider, or any licence holder under Part II who is not a universal service provider,'.


   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

18

Clause     41,     page     23,     line     13,     at end insert 'and'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

19

Clause     41,     page     23,     line     14,     leave out from 'II' to end of line 16.


   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

9

Clause     12,     page     7,     line     32,     leave out subsection (2).


   

Mrs Angela Browing
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

10

Clause     13,     page     8,     line     13,     leave out from first 'licence' to end of line 15 and insert ', and then annually, of such amount as may be necessary to enable the Commission to exercise its functions'.


   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

11

Clause     29,     page     16,     line     26,     after '(3)', insert 'Subject to this section,'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

12

Clause     29,     page     16,     line     38,     leave out 'So far as practicable'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

13

Clause     29,     page     16,     line     39,     leave out 'the Commission considers that'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

14

Clause     29,     page     16,     line     41,     at end insert ', including the person's commercial interests'.


   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

22

Clause     57,     page     31,     line     40,     after 'its', insert 'relevant'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

23

Clause     57,     page     31,     line     40,     at end insert—

    '(1A) No loan exceeding £75 million shall be made to the Post Office company or any of its relevant subsidiaries unless—

      (a) the Post Office company or the relevant subsidiary has sought prior approval for the loan from the Secretary of State and the Treasury, and

      (b) the Secretary of State and the Treasury have given their consent to the loan.'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

24

Clause     57,     page     31,     line     42,     leave out from 'section' to end of line 43 and insert 'at 0.5 per cent. per annum above the lowest of the standard rates described in paragraph (2A).'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

25

Clause     57,     page     31,     line     43,     at end insert—

    '(2A) For the purposes of subsection (2), the standard rates are the rates (expressed as an annual percentage rate) at which three of the reference banks are offering Sterling deposits in comparable amounts for comparable periods to leading banks in the London interbank market at or about 11.00 a.m. (London time) on a day within a calendar month before the day on which the loan is proposed to be made.

    (2B) If the Secretary of State determines that adequate and reasonable means do not exist for ascertaining the standard rates described in subsection (2A), interest shall be paid or loans made by the Secretary of State under this section at the annual rate equal to the average cost to three of the reference banks of funding the loan by whatever means the reference banks determine to be most appropriate plus a further 2 per cent.

    (2C) For the purpose of subsections (2A) and (2B) the reference banks are three of the seven largest institutions authorised under the Banking Act 1987 and incorporated in and carrying on deposit-taking business in the United Kingdom.

    (2D) The size of an institution is to be determined by reference to its total consolidated gross assets denominated in sterling, as shown in its last published audited end-year accounts.'.


   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

26

Clause     58,     page     32,     line     17,     after 'its', insert 'relevant'.


   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

27

Clause     59,     page     32,     line     41,     after 'its', insert 'relevant'.


   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

28

Clause     60,     page     33,     line     14,     after 'its', insert 'relevant'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

29

Clause     60,     page     33,     line     14,     leave out'£5,000' and insert '£1,200'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

30

Clause     60,     page     33,     line     15,     after 'sum', insert ', not exceeding £1,700 million.'.


   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

31

Clause     64,     page     35,     line     20,     at end insert—

    '(2A) The Post Office company shall during each of the first five years following the appointed day send to the Secretary of State a report identifying disposals of property for an amount in excess of £1 million and disposals of property for an amount less than £1 million where the total of the amounts of disposals of property for an amount less than £1 million for any financial year exceeds £1 million as soon as practicable after the end of the financial year in which the disposals were made'.


   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

33

Clause     86,     page     48,     line     4,     leave out from 'require' to 'to' in line 5 and insert 'a universal service provider or any licence holder under Part II who is not a universal service provider'.

   

Mrs Angela Browning
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Nick Gibb

34

Clause     86,     page     48,     line     14,     at end insert—

      '(f) require a universal service provider to keep separate accounts for each of the postal services which may not be provided unless he is a licence holder under Part II and any other postal services, and the accounts for any other postal services shall clearly distinguish between services which are part of a universal postal service and services which are not,

      (g) prohibit cross-subsidies by a universal service provider between the postal services which may not be provided unless he is a licence holder under Part II and any other postal services which are not part of a universal postal service.'.

 
contents continue
 

©Parliamentary copyright 2000
Prepared 22 Feb 2000