Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 9 December 2010
Postal Services Bill, continued
Negatived on division 135
Clause 80, page 49, line 5, at end insert ‘but not so as to reduce the extent of the
minimum requirements of the universal postal service.’.
Not called 136
Clause 80, page 49, line 13, at end insert ‘provided that—
the Secretary of State has first considered whether it is in the interest of
fair competition to modify or revoke any regulatory conditions
applicable to other postal operators; and
the Secretary of State has issued a statement that he considers that the
modification or revocation of regulatory conditions proposed is in the
interest of fair competition.’.
Mr Edward Davey
Agreed to 104
Clause 80, page 49, line 32, at end insert—
The power conferred by subsection (2) or (5) may not be exercised at any time
after the postal administration order has ceased to be in force.’.
Clause, as amended, Agreed to.
Clauses 81 to 89 Agreed to.
Negatived on division 69
Schedule 12, page 128, line 13, at end insert ‘unless it can be identified that the
packet was incorrectly priced by—
the postal operator, or
the access point provider.’.
Negatived on division 46
Schedule 12, page 136, line 28, after ‘consult’, insert ‘and have regard to the
Not called 47
Schedule 12, page 136, line 29, leave out ‘it has’ and insert ‘that have been’.
Schedule Agreed to.
Clauses 90 and 91 Agreed to.
Royal Mail Holdings plc to be wholly owned by the Crown
Not selected NC1
To move the following Clause:—
Royal Mail Holdings plc is wholly owned by the Crown.
The restrictions on dealings are outlined in sections 65 to 67 of the Postal Services
Government to retain majority shareholding in Royal Mail Holdings plc and subsidiaries
Not called NC2
‘The Government must retain a majority of shareholdings in Royal Mail Holdings
plc and its relevant subsidiaries.’.
Guarantee of inter-business agreement
Not called NC3
‘Prior to any sale or transfer of a post office company an agreement must be
secured to guarantee the inter-business agreement between Post Office Ltd and
Royal Mail for a period of at least 10 years.’.
Guarantee of inter-business agreement (No 2)
Not called NC4
Royal Mail for a period of at least 15 years.’.
Restriction on universal service provider disposals
Mr Mike Weir
Not moved NC5
‘Any company providing a universal postal service must, prior to selling any part
of its business to another entity, first report its intention to OFCOM who must
certify the sale does not in any way reduce the company’s ability to deliver its
British Postal Museum Collection
Negatived on division NC6
‘Companies in the new postal market must continue to have regard to the integrity
and united custodianship of the British Postal Museum Collection as a social
Universal service obligation
Not called NC7
The universal service provider must send to the Secretary of State each year a
report on its fulfilment of the universal service obligation.
The report must give details of—
the range and extent of the service, including access points,
the utilisation of the service by its customers,
any surveys, or studies, of the use of the service, and
any exceptions in the service.
The report must give details of how it is adapting service provision to ensure it is
individuals living in rural areas,
individuals living in urban areas,
small and medium-sized enterprises,
individuals with low incomes,
individuals with disabilities, and
The report must contain such relevant information as the Secretary of State may
from time to time require.
The Secretary of State must lay a copy of the report before Parliament.’.
Report on the future viability of the Post Office network
Not called NC8
Before the time at which the first relevant disposal is made in relation to the Royal
Mail Company, the Secretary of State must report to Parliament on the future
viability of the post office network.
The report must include details of—
the inter business agreement, and
plans for any new forms of business for the Post Office network.’.
Annual report on Post Office network to devolved government bodies
Not called NC9
A Post Office Company must send to the Secretary of State each year a report on
its network of post offices as operating within the territory of the devolved
The report will give details in an identical manner to Clause (Report on the future
viability of the Post Office network) above with the exception that these will cover
the territory of the Great London Authority, the Northern Ireland Assembly, the
Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly.
The report must contain such other information as the Secretary of State may
The Secretary of State must ensure that a copy of the report is laid before each of
the appropriate devolved government bodies.’.
Protection for certain members and prospective members of the RMPP
Not called NC10
The Secretary of State may make regulations for the purpose of securing that—
no qualifying member of the RMPP is placed in a worse position by
any winding up, in whole or in part, of the RMPP; or
any amendment of the RMPP which results in benefits under that
scheme being reduced, or contributions by employees being
increased, and is made otherwise than in such circumstances as
may be prescribed;
no person who is an active member of the RMPP or who could be an
active member of the RMPP upon the attainment of a specified age or
upon election to be such a member is prevented from becoming entitled
to or continuing to participate in or acquire pension rights under the
RMPP by reason of any change of employer—
which does not affect his continuity of employment and is made
otherwise than in such circumstances as may be prescribed; and
where his new employer either is a participant in the RMPP or is
wholly owned by one or more companies which, or each of
which, is such a participant; and
no person is placed in a worse position by reason of any change of
employer of that person which does not affect his continuity of
employment but prevents him from continuing to participate in or acquire
pension rights under the RMPP.’.
That certain written evidence already reported to the House be appended to the proceedings of
Bill, as amended, to be reported.