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Thursday 25 November 2010

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Postal Services Bill


 

Note

 

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the

 

Committee [9 November].

 


 

Mr Mike Weir

 

3

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  22,  leave out ‘the company’s’.

 

Mr Mike Weir

 

4

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  22,  at end add—

 

‘(aa)    

the nature and extent of any business run in parallel with the post office

 

business,’.

 

Gordon Banks

 

Nia Griffith

 

33

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  26,  at end insert ‘and

 

( )    

the locations where post office services are at the time of the report not being

 

provided but which are identified in the Post Office plan as outlet locations.’.

 

Gordon Banks

 

Nia Griffith

 

36

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  26,  at end insert ‘and

 

( )    

the number and locations where post office services have ceased to be

 

delivered since the last report and the reasons for this service reduction.’.


 
 

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Gordon Banks

 

Nia Griffith

 

37

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  26,  at end insert ‘and

 

( )    

the number and locations where mobile post office services are being

 

used.’.

 

Gordon Banks

 

Nia Griffith

 

38

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  26,  at end insert ‘and

 

( )    

the steps taken to address any reduction in outlet numbers as identified in

 

the report.’.

 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

48

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

the utilisation of the network by the universal service provider, and any

 

changes in the preceding year.’.

 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

49

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  31,  after ‘small’, insert ‘and medium’.

 

Caroline Lucas

 

2

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The report must state the extent to which the Post Office network assists

 

individuals in completing Government forms.’.

 

Mr Mike Weir

 

5

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  38,  at end add ‘and the Government must set a date for a

 

debate on the report on the floor of the House within five days of the report being laid.’.

 


 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

44

 

Clause  16,  page  9,  line  25,  at end insert ‘(but may not convert benefits that are not

 

money purchase benefits to money purchase benefits),’.

 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

39

 

Clause  16,  page  9,  line  43,  at end add—

 

‘(9)    

On making an order under subsection (2) and prior to the transfer of qualifying

 

accrued rights the Secretary of State must—


 
 

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(a)    

inform all members affected that they are to be transferred to a new

 

statutory scheme;

 

(b)    

inform all active and deferred members of their accrued rights in the new

 

statutory scheme;

 

(c)    

inform all pensioner members of the details of payments from the new

 

scheme and when they will commence; and

 

(d)    

inform all members of the details of the new scheme.’.

 


 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

43

 

Clause  17,  page  10,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Before making an order under this section the Secretary of State must obtain the

 

consent of the trustees of the RMPP.’.

 


 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

42

 

Clause  18,  page  10,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

An order under this section must not include any provision that permits the

 

winding-up of the RMPP.’.

 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

96

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  18,  page  10,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Before making an order under this section the Secretary of State must obtain the

 

consent of the trustee of the RMPP.’.

 


 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

97

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  19,  page  10,  line  28,  leave out subsection (3) and insert—

 

‘(3)    

“The relevant pensions provision” means the provision for the payment of

 

pensions or other benefits which is contained in the RMPP or under a new public

 

scheme or both, and includes pensions or other benefits payable—

 

(a)    

in the event of early retirement on the grounds of ill-health or otherwise,

 

(b)    

in the event of a contingency, or

 

(c)    

upon the exercise of a discretion by the trustee of the RMPP under the

 

rules of the RMPP.

 

(3A)    

If the amount of a pension or other benefit is calculated by reference to a person’s

 

remuneration at the date of leaving the RMPP (by reason of death, retirement or

 

otherwise), his remuneration for the purpose of establishing all of his relevant


 
 

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pensions provision shall be taken to be his remuneration at the date of leaving the

 

RMPP (by reason of death, retirement or otherwise), and not his remuneration at

 

the date of the exercise of the power to make an order.’.

 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

98

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  19,  page  10,  line  31,  leave out ‘(3)’ and insert ‘(2)’.

 


 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

99

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  20,  page  11,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Before making an order under this section the Secretary of State must obtain the

 

consent of the trustee of the RMPP to the selection of the assets to be transferred.’.

 


 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

100

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  22,  page  12,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘(5A)    

Regulations shall be made under this section that shall ensure that, for the purpose

 

of any relevant tax, benefits payable or prespectively payable under—

 

(a)    

the RMPP and

 

(b)    

a new public scheme

 

    

are treated as benefits payable under a single pension scheme.’.

 


 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

101

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  24,  page  13,  line  7,  after ‘RMPP’, insert ‘, such representatives of members

 

of the RMPP as appear to him to be appropriate’.

 


 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

71

 

Clause  27,  page  14,  line  30,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘will’.


 
 

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Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

72

 

Clause  27,  page  14,  line  31,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘will’.

 


 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

40

 

Clause  28,  page  15,  line  4,  at end insert ‘and to facilitate this, the current funding

 

agreement of Postcomm in respect of regulating postal services will be transferred in its

 

entirety to Ofcom.’.

 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

73

 

Clause  28,  page  15,  leave out subsection (3).

 

Mr Mike Weir

 

6

 

Clause  28,  page  15,  line  10,  at end add—

 

‘(c)    

the needs of small business users in rural and remote areas.’.

 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

74

 

Clause  28,  page  15,  line  14,  at end insert ‘, and OFCOM shall include Post Office

 

branches as access points.’.

 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

75

 

Clause  28,  page  15,  line  15,  after ‘receptacle’, insert ‘, Post Office Branch’.

 


 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

76

 

Clause  29,  page  15,  line  28,  at end insert ‘ and OFCOM will ensure that any such

 

order or modification does not immediately disadvantage—

 

(a)    

individuals living in rural areas,

 

(b)    

individuals living in urban areas,

 

(c)    

small and medium enterprises,

 

(d)    

disadvantaged individuals,

 

(e)    

individuals with low income,

 

(f)    

individuals with disabilities, and

 

(g)    

elderly individuals.’.


 
 

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Mr Mike Weir

 

41

 

Clause  29,  page  15,  line  29,  leave out subsection (4) and insert—

 

‘(4)    

The Secretary of State must specify the terms of a universal service order prior to

 

OFCOM assuming powers to regulate postal services, which must be laid before

 

Parliament at least one month prior to the day on which the provisions of this Part

 

come generally into force; and thereafter OFCOM must carry out an assessment

 

of the matters detailed in subsection (3) before the end of the period of 18 months

 

beginning with the day on which the provisions of this Part come generally into

 

force.’.

 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

77

 

Clause  29,  page  15,  line  31,  leave out ‘before the end of the period of 18 months

 

beginning with’ and insert ‘not before 5 years after’.

 


 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

56

 

Clause  30,  page  16,  line  3,  after ‘letters’, insert ‘and other postal packets’.

 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

57

 

Clause  30,  page  16,  leave out lines 8 and 9.

 

Mr Mike Weir

 

7

 

Clause  30,  page  16,  line  8,  leave out ‘Friday’ and insert ‘Saturday’.

 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

58

 

Clause  30,  page  16,  line  14,  after ‘letters’, insert ‘and other postal packets’.

 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

59

 

Clause  30,  page  16,  leave out lines 19 to 21.

 

Mr Mike Weir

 

8

 

Clause  30,  page  16,  line  20,  leave out ‘Friday’ and insert ‘Saturday’.


 
 

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Postal Services Bill, continued

 
 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

78

 

Clause  30,  page  16,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

‘Requirement 3A: Access to postal services via the Post Office Branches

 

Utilising a Post Office Company, a number of Post Office Brances consistent with

 

regulations to be laid before Parliament by the Secretary of State.’.

 


 

Mr Mike Weir

 

9

 

Clause  32,  page  18,  line  8,  leave out sub-paragraph (b).

 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

79

 

Clause  32,  page  18,  line  9,  at end insert ‘and are so endorsed by regulation placed

 

before Parliament by the Secretary of State.’.

 


 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

45

 

Clause  33,  page  18,  line  16,  after ‘may’, insert ‘after five years’.

 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

60

 

Clause  33,  page  18,  line  18,  at end insert ‘paying particular regard to the needs of—

 

(a)    

vulnerable consumers,

 

(b)    

rural consumers,

 

(c)    

small and medium enterprises.’.

 

Nia Griffith

 

Gordon Banks

 

61

 

Clause  33,  page  18,  line  21,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

When conducting any review OFCOM must consult—

 

(a)    

consumer representatives, and

 

(b)    

representatives of small and medium enterprises.’.


 
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