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Postal Services Bill 2010-11

Latest news on the Bill

Report stage - line by line examination of the Bill took place on 4 May.
Amendments discussed covered clauses 2-5, 7, 11, 17 and 21 of the Bill.

A second day of report stage is scheduled for 17 May 2011.

Summary of the Bill

The Bill's provisions are divided into four main parts.

  • Part 1 provides for the restructuring of Royal Mail, including the introduction of private sector capital and expertise from the sale of up to 90% of Royal Mail, an employee share scheme
    and provisions for Post Office Ltd to continue to be owned by the Crown or a mutual ownership structure
  • Part 2 deals with the Royal Mail's pension deficit by transferring the historic liabilities
    of the scheme to the Government
  • Part 3 makes provisions for the regulatory arrangements for postal services through the
    transfer of powers from Postcomm to Ofcom
  • Part 4 contains provisions for a “special administrative regime” should the universal postal service
    be at risk from the provider entering insolvency proceedings

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