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Postal Services Bill [HL]
Schedule 10 — Minor and consequential amendments and repeals
Part 1 — Amendments of the Postal Services Act 2000 (c. 26)

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(b)   

the provision by a postal operator of a service in relation to

which a scheme under section 89 (made by the operator)

applies.

(A2)   

In this section—

(a)   

“the operator” means the universal service provider or the

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postal operator, and

(b)   

“the service” means the service mentioned in subsection

(A1)(a) or (b) (as the case may be).”

      (3)  

In subsection (1)—

(a)   

for “a universal service provider” substitute “the operator”;

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(b)   

for “a universal postal service” substitute “the service”.

      (4)  

In subsection (2)—

(a)   

for “a universal service provider” substitute “the operator”;

(b)   

for “the provider” (in both places) substitute “the operator”;

(c)   

in paragraph (b), for “an inland packet” substitute “a postal packet”.

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      (5)  

In subsection (3)—

(a)   

for “the universal service provider concerned” substitute “the

operator”;

(b)   

for “the provider” substitute “the operator”;

(c)   

in paragraph (b), for “an inland packet” substitute “a postal packet”.

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25    (1)  

Section 91 (limited liability for registered inland packets) is amended as

follows.

      (2)  

In the title, for “registered inland packets” substitute “postal packets”.

      (3)  

In subsection (1)—

(a)   

for “a universal service provider” substitute “a postal operator”;

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(b)   

for “an inland packet” substitute “a postal packet”;

(c)   

for “the universal service provider” substitute “the operator”.

      (4)  

In subsection (2), for “the universal service provider” substitute “the postal

operator”.

      (5)  

In subsection (4), for “universal service provider” substitute “postal

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operator”.

      (6)  

Omit subsection (6).

26         

In section 93(2) (power to modify sections 89 to 92 of that Act), for “the

Commission” substitute “OFCOM”.

27         

In section 95 (power to acquire land etc), for “universal service providers”

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substitute “postal operators”.

28         

After section 98 insert—

“98A    

Power to modify sections 97 and 98

(1)   

The Secretary of State may by order modify sections 97 and 98.

(2)   

Before making an order under subsection (1), the Secretary of State

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must consult OFCOM and the Council.”

29         

In section 99 (common carriers)—

 
 

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Part 1 — Amendments of the Postal Services Act 2000 (c. 26)

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(a)   

for “universal service provider” substitute “postal operator”;

(b)   

for “a universal postal service” substitute “postal services”.

30    (1)  

Section 100 (certain exemptions from postage etc.) is amended as follows.

      (2)  

Omit subsections (1) to (3).

      (3)  

In subsection (4)—

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(a)   

for “universal service provider” substitute “postal operator”;

(b)   

for “a universal postal service” substitute “postal services”.

      (4)  

In subsection (5), for “universal service provider” substitute “postal

operator”.

31    (1)  

Section 101 (directions in interests of national security etc) is amended as

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follows.

      (2)  

In subsection (1), for the words from “such directions” to “functions”

substitute “a direction to OFCOM in connection with the exercise of their

functions relating to postal services”.

      (3)  

In subsection (2), for “the Commission” substitute “OFCOM”.

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      (4)  

In subsection (3), for the words from “such directions” to the end substitute

“a direction (relating to the provision of postal services) to—

(a)   

a postal operator,

(b)   

a description of postal operators, or

(c)   

all postal operators.”

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      (5)  

In subsection (4), for “licence holder” substitute “postal operator”.

      (6)  

In subsection (5), for “the Commission” substitute “OFCOM”.

      (7)  

For subsection (6) substitute—

“(6)   

Before giving a direction under subsection (3) to a particular postal

operator (as opposed to all postal operators or a description of them),

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the Secretary of State must consult the operator.”

      (8)  

In subsection (7)(a), for “the Commission” substitute “OFCOM”.

32         

In section 102(3)(a) (power to ensure compliance with the Postal Services

Directive), for “the Commission” substitute “OFCOM”.

33         

In section 104(3) (inviolability of mails), omit paragraphs (a) and (b).

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34         

In section 105 (application of customs and excise enactments to certain

postal packets), after subsection (4) insert—

“(4A)   

A postal operator may detain a postal packet to which this section

applies until any duties and charges in respect of the packet that are

recoverable by virtue of subsection (3) have been paid.”

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35         

After that section insert—

“105A   

Section 105: limit on handling charges

(1)   

OFCOM may give a direction to a postal operator limiting the

amount of any handling charge.

 
 

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(2)   

Where a direction is given to an operator, section 105(3) to (4A) have

effect in relation to it (in any case where the handling charge would

otherwise exceed the amount specified in the direction) as if the

handling charge were equal to the amount specified in the direction.

(3)   

Before giving a direction to a postal operator, OFCOM must—

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(a)   

inform the operator that they propose to give it a direction,

and

(b)   

allow the operator an opportunity to make representations

about the proposal.

(4)   

In this section “handling charge” means a charge payable to a postal

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operator, in respect of a postal packet, for the performance by the

operator of all or any of the duties mentioned in section 105(2)(c).”

36    (1)  

Section 111 (exclusion of liability in relation to postal and money orders) is

amended as follows.

      (2)  

In subsection (1)—

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(a)   

for “the Post Office company” (in the first place) substitute “a

relevant company”;

(b)   

in paragraphs (a) and (b), for “the Post Office company” substitute

“the company”.

      (3)  

In subsections (2) and (3), for “the Post Office company” substitute “a

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relevant company”.

      (4)  

In subsection (4)—

(a)   

for “the Post Office company” (in the first place) substitute “a

relevant company”;

(b)   

for “the Post Office company” (in the second place) substitute “the

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company”.

      (5)  

In subsection (5)—

(a)   

for “the Post Office company” (in the first place) substitute “a

relevant company”;

(b)   

for “the Post Office company” (in the second place) substitute “the

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company”.

      (6)  

In subsection (6)—

(a)   

for “the Post Office company” (in the first place) substitute “a

relevant company”;

(b)   

for “the Post Office company” (in the second and third places)

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substitute “the company”.

      (7)  

In subsection (7), for “the Post Office company” substitute “a relevant

company”.

      (8)  

After subsection (8) insert—

“(8A)   

In this section “relevant company” means—

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(a)   

a Post Office company (as defined by section 2 of the Postal

Services Act 2009), or

(b)   

the original holding company (as defined by section 17 of that

Act).”

 
 

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37    (1)  

Section 112 (schemes in relation to postal and money orders) is amended as

follows.

      (2)  

In subsections (1) and (2), for “The Post Office company” substitute “A

relevant company”.

      (3)  

In subsections (4), (5) and (8) for “the Post Office company” (in each place)

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substitute “a relevant company”.

      (4)  

After subsection (9) insert—

“(9A)   

“Relevant company” has the same meaning as in section 111.”

38    (1)  

Section 113 (recoupment of losses on wrongly paid money orders) is

amended as follows.

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      (2)  

In subsection (1)—

(a)   

in paragraph (a), for “the Post Office company” substitute “a relevant

company”;

(b)   

in paragraph (b), for “the Post Office company” substitute “a relevant

company (“the company”)”.

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      (3)  

In subsection (2), for “the Post Office company” substitute “the company”.

      (4)  

After that subsection insert—

“(3)   

“Relevant company” has the same meaning as in section 111.”

39    (1)  

Section 114 (special arrangements with other countries or territories) is

amended as follows.

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      (2)  

In subsection (1), for “the Post Office company” substitute “a relevant

company”.

      (3)  

In subsection (2)—

(a)   

for “the Post Office company” (in the first place) substitute “a

relevant company”;

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(b)   

for “the Post Office company” (in the second place) substitute “the

company”.

40    (1)  

Section 116 (the Postcode Address File) is amended as follows.

      (2)  

In subsection (2), for “the Commission” substitute “OFCOM”.

      (3)  

After that subsection insert—

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“(2A)   

OFCOM may give a direction to the owner for the time being of the

Postcode Address File requiring the owner—

(a)   

to issue, and comply with, a code of practice dealing with the

making of revisions to the File, or

(b)   

to make such modifications of the code as are specified in the

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direction.

(2B)   

A direction under subsection (2A) is enforceable under Schedule 7 to

the Postal Services Act 2009; but, where it is given to a person who is

not providing a postal service, that Schedule has effect with the

omission of paragraphs 7(2) and (3), 8(4) and 11.”

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      (4)  

After subsection (4) insert—

“(5)   

OFCOM may give a direction to the owner of the Postcode Address

File as to the terms that may be imposed under subsection (1)(b).

(6)   

If it does so, no term that contravenes the direction may be imposed

under that provision.”

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41    (1)  

Section 117 (Records of the former Postmaster General’s department) is

amended as follows.

      (2)  

Omit subsection (1).

      (3)  

In subsection (2), for “the Post Office company” (in both places) substitute

“the original holding company”.

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42         

Omit section 118 (supplementary provisions about the Council).

43         

Omit section 119 (general restriction on disclosure of information).

44    (1)  

Section 122 (orders and regulations) is amended as follows.

      (2)  

In subsection (3), omit “9, 10,”.

      (3)  

In subsection (5), omit “8,”.

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      (4)  

After subsection (9) insert—

“(9A)   

A statutory instrument containing regulations under paragraph 1A

of Schedule 6 is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of

either House of Parliament.”

      (5)  

In subsection (10), omit “10, 38(8), 58(7), 59(2),” and “, paragraph 4 of

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Schedule 7”.

      (6)  

In subsection (12)—

(a)   

omit “8, 9, 30(2),”;

(b)   

after “93,” insert “98A,”.

45         

In section 123 (directions), at the end insert—

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“(4)   

OFCOM may give a direction under this Act only if they are satisfied

that the direction—

(a)   

is objectively justifiable,

(b)   

does not discriminate unduly against particular persons or a

particular description of persons,

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(c)   

is proportionate to what it is intended to achieve, and

(d)   

is transparent in relation to what it is intended to achieve.”

46         

In section 124(1) (general financial provision), omit paragraph (a).

47    (1)  

Section 125(1) (interpretation) is amended as follows.

      (2)  

After the definition of “notice” insert—

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““OFCOM” means the Office of Communications,”.

      (3)  

For the definition of “postal operator” substitute—

““postal operator” has the same meaning as in Part 3 of the

Postal Services Act 2009 (see section 29(3) to (5) of that Act)),”.

 
 

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      (4)  

In the definition of “the Postal Services Directive”, for the words from

“implementation” to the end substitute “improvement of quality of service,

as amended from time to time,”.

      (5)  

After the definition of “public holiday” insert—

““public post office” means any post office from which any

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postal services are provided directly to the public (whether or

not together with other services),”.

      (6)  

After the definition of “subordinate legislation” insert—

“references to the provision of a “universal postal service” are to

be read in accordance with section 32 of the Postal Services

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Act 2009,

“universal postal service letter box” has the meaning given by

section 86 of this Act,

“universal postal service post office” has the meaning given by

that section,

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“the universal service provider” has the meaning given by

section 59(1) of the Postal Services Act 2009,”.

48         

Omit section 126 (index).

49         

Omit Schedule 1 (the Postal Services Commission).

50         

In Schedule 4 (transfer to the Post Office company: tax), omit paragraphs 2

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to 5 and 9.

51    (1)  

Schedule 5 (acquisition of land) is amended as follows.

      (2)  

In paragraphs 1 to 3, for “a universal postal service” (in each place) substitute

“postal services”.

      (3)  

In the following provisions, for “universal service provider” (in each place)

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substitute “postal operator”—

(a)   

paragraphs 1 to 4;

(b)   

paragraph 14;

(c)   

paragraph 20;

(d)   

in paragraph 23, in the text substituted by that paragraph;

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(e)   

paragraph 24;

(f)   

paragraph 26;

(g)   

paragraph 29 (including in the text substituted by paragraph 29(d)

and (e));

(h)   

paragraph 30.

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      (4)  

In the following provisions, for “universal service provider’s” (in each place)

substitute “postal operator’s”—

(a)   

paragraphs 5 and 6;

(b)   

paragraph 13;

(c)   

paragraphs 15 and 16;

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(d)   

paragraph 22;

(e)   

paragraph 27.

52    (1)  

Schedule 6 (further provisions relating to land) is amended as follows.

      (2)  

In the following provisions, for “a universal postal service” (in each place)

substitute “postal services”—

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(a)   

paragraph 1(1);

(b)   

paragraph 2;

(c)   

paragraphs 6 to 9.

      (3)  

In the following provisions, for “universal service provider” (in each place)

substitute “postal operator”—

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(a)   

paragraph 1(1), (5) and (7);

(b)   

paragraph 2;

(c)   

paragraphs 6 to 10.

      (4)  

In paragraph 1—

(a)   

in sub-paragraph (2)(a), for “a universal postal service letter box or a

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universal postal service pouch-box” substitute “a post office letter

box or postal service pouch-box”;

(b)   

in sub-paragraph (4), for “universal postal service letter boxes and

universal postal service pouch-boxes” substitute “post office letter

boxes and postal service pouch-boxes”;

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(c)   

in sub-paragraph (10), after the definition of “maintainable highway”

insert—

““postal service pouch-box” means any box or

receptacle provided by a postal operator for the

temporary storage of postal packets in the course of

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transmission by post pending their collection for

immediate delivery by a person who is in the course

of delivering postal packets in connection with the

provision of postal services;”;

(d)   

in sub-paragraph (10), omit the definition of “universal postal service

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pouch-box” (and the “and” immediately before it).

      (5)  

After paragraph 1 insert—

“1A   (1)  

The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision in

connection with the exercise by postal operators of powers

conferred by virtue of paragraph 1.

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      (2)  

The regulations may in particular—

(a)   

require a postal operator to notify OFCOM before

exercising any power;

(b)   

impose restrictions on the exercise of powers or provide

for OFCOM to impose such restrictions;

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(c)   

make provision for and in connection with the removal of

access points placed in streets (including provision

requiring postal operators to secure that sufficient funds

are available for the purposes of removing such access

points).

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      (3)  

Restrictions may be framed by reference to—

(a)   

the making of a determination by any person;

(b)   

the giving of an approval or consent by any person;

(c)   

the opinion of any person.

      (4)  

The regulations may apply Schedule 7 to the Postal Services Act

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2009 (enforcement of regulatory requirements), with or without

modifications, in relation to requirements imposed under the

regulations.

 
 

 
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