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All right, we were playing cricket and the others wanted to play rugby: that is fair enough. We are nice people in this country, but what has it cost us? It has almost cost us our Post Office and that is why I am determined to get as much out of this Bill as we can.
I am glad that the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, found that the amendments have been helpful in starting the debate, because it will not end here. Ofcom will be an important part of our discussions in the future. All that I ask the Minister about Ofcom is, please let it be fair. Let it treat us fairly. I say us in the context of a Post Office worker, because we have been treated unfairly for the best part of the decade. It has to stop. We do not want any favours. The Post Office does not deserve any favours from Ofcom, but it deserves fairness. I hope that Ofcom approaches its job in that light. What do they call it in European even playing field?
Lord Hunt of Wirral: Level playing field.
Lord Clarke of Hampstead: I thank the noble Lord, Lord Hunt. That is all that is required in this debatefair treatment.
I could say many more thingsI have made quite a lot of notesbut obviously I want to get to the next amendment, so I respectfully beg leave to withdraw the amendment and look forward to reading exactly what my noble friend said, because he said quite a lot of constructive things and I look forward to reading them tomorrow. In the mean time, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.
Clause 32 : Designated USP condition
Amendments 85A to 87 not moved.
Clause 33 : Publication of information about performance
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