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Amendment Paper as at
Thursday 9th March 2000

STANDING COMMITTEE B


POSTAL SERVICES BILL

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [22nd February], as follows:—


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, Schedules 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.

   

Mr Colin Breed
Mr Brian Cotter

113

Clause     7,     page     4,     line     36,     leave out '£1' and insert '50p'.

   

Mr Colin Breed
Mr Brian Cotter

114

Clause     7,     page     4,     line     38,     leave out '350' and insert '200'.

   

Mr Alan Johnson

95

Clause     7,     page     5,     line     1,     leave out from 'letter' to end of line 2.

   

Mr Alan Johnson

96

Clause     7,     page     5,     line     3,     leave out 'by means of that aircraft'.

   

Mr Alan Johnson

97

Clause     7,     page     5,     leave out lines 37 to 39 and insert—

      '( ) the conveyance of letters between document exchange facilities by persons who are not members of the document exchange concerned, and the collection and delivery by such persons for that purpose of letters delivered to such facilities for exchange within the document exchange,'.

   

Mr Alan Johnson

98

Clause     7,     page     5,     line     39,     at end insert—

      '( ) the conveyance and delivery of brokers' research, during the relevant period and by any person who has printed it, from the business premises where it is printed to the premises of any person who is to convey it onwards,

      ( ) the conveyance and delivery by any person of brokers' research within the period of 24 hours starting with its delivery to his premises or its collection by him during the relevant period from a collection point, and any such collection.'.

   

Mr Alan Johnson

99

Clause     7,     page     6,     line     11,     after '1987' insert—

      '( ) a European authorised institution within the meaning of the Banking Coordination (Second Council Directive) Regulations 1992 which has lawfully established a branch in the United Kingdom for the purpose of accepting deposits or other repayable funds from the public,

      ( ) a building society authorised under the Building Societies Act 1986'.

   

Mr Alan Johnson

100

Clause     7,     page     6,     line     12,     leave out 'a member State' and insert 'an EEA State'.

   

Mr Alan Johnson

101

Clause     7,     page     6,     line     25,     at end insert—

      ' "brokers' research" means any printed documentation prepared by persons licensed or authorised to trade on any regulated stock, share, futures, foreign exchange or commodities market which contains research, analysis and information relating to items traded on that market and which has not been prepared for or on the instructions of any particular person to whom it is addressed or delivered,'.

   

Mr Alan Johnson

102

Clause     7,     page     6,     line     27,     at end insert—

      ' "collection point" means any business premises where brokers' research is printed or an international airport,'.

   

Mr Alan Johnson

103

Clause     7,     page     6,     line     28,     after 'system' insert 'involving at least three members'.

   

Mr Alan Johnson

104

Clause     7,     page     6,     line     29,     at end insert—

      ' "document exchange facility" means any box, receptacle or other facility provided for the receipt or collection of letters as part of a document exchange,'.

   

Mr Alan Johnson

105

Clause     7,     page     6,     line     29,     at end insert—

      ' "EEA State" means a State which is a contracting party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area signed at Oporto on 2nd May 1992 as adjusted by the Protocol signed at Brussels on 17th March 1993,'.

   

Mr Alan Johnson

106

Clause     7,     page     6,     line     40,     leave out 'and'.

   

Mr Alan Johnson

107

Clause     7,     page     6,     line     42,     at end add 'and

      "relevant period" means—

          (a) in the case of a collection from an international airport, the period starting with 6.00 pm on any day other than Friday or Saturday and ending with 10.00 am on the next day and the period starting with 6.00 pm on any Friday or Saturday and ending with noon on the next day, and

          (b) in any other case, the period starting with 6.00 pm on any day and ending with 6.00 am on the next day.'.


   

Mr Alan Johnson

109

Clause     8,     page     6,     line     45,     at end insert—

    '( ) Before making such a recommendation, the Commission shall consult—

      (a) the Council,

      (b) licence holders, and

      (c) such other persons as the Commission considers appropriate.'.

   

Mr Colin Breed
Mr Brian Cotter

115

Clause     8,     page     6,     line     45,     at end insert—

    '(2A) Before making such a recommendation the Commission shall consult the Council.'.

   

Mr Alan Johnson

110

Clause     8,     page     7,     line     2,     leave out 'such'.

   

Mr Alan Johnson

111

Clause     8,     page     7,     line     2,     after 'order', insert 'under this section'.


   

Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Richard Page

112

Clause     11,     page     7,     line     28,     at end insert—

    '(5) A licence holder shall have no exemption from traffic regulations.'.


   

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'.

   

Mr Tony Baldry

108

Clause     13,     page     8,     line     17,     at end insert—

    '(3A) It shall be a condition of a licence that the licence holder shall arrange for and fund the carrying out of annual independent reviews of the efficiency and economy of its operations and submit to the Commission a report prepared by the body which carried out the review.'.


   

Mr Colin Breed
Mr Brian Cotter

116

Clause     19,     page     11,     line     4,     after 'modifications', insert 'and the Commission has complied with the requirements of subsection (1A).'.

   

Mr Colin Breed
Mr Brian Cotter

117

Clause     19,     page     11,     line     5,     at end insert—

    '(1A) The requirements are that the Commission shall—

      (a) consult the Council on the proposed modifications; and

      (b) take into account any representations made by the Council.'.


   

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'.


   

Mr Alan Johnson

68

Clause     30,     page     17,     line     24,     after 'Commission' insert 'and the Council'.


   

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 subsection (2A).'.

 
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