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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 Europe—an 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 debate—fair treatment.

I could say many more things—I have made quite a lot of notes—but 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.

Amendment 85 withdrawn.

Clause 31 agreed.

Clause 32 : Designated USP condition

Amendments 85A to 87 not moved.

Clause 32 agreed.

Clause 33 : Publication of information about performance

Amendment 87A not moved

Clause 33 agreed.

House Resumed

House adjourned at 10.16 pm.

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