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Amendments to be debated in the House of Lords

Here you can browse the Amendments to the Postal Services Bill to be moved in Committee in the House of Lords.

  
Schedule 2
 
  
BY THE LORD SAINSBURY OF TURVILLE
 
     Page 77, line 5, leave out ("Minister for the Civil Service") and insert ("Secretary of State") 
     Page 77, line 6, leave out ("Minister for the Civil Service") and insert ("Secretary of State") 
  
Clause 4
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD NORTHBROOK
 
     Page 2, line 26, after ("day") insert ("before midday") 
     Page 2, line 31, after ("day") insert ("before midday") 
     Page 2, line 41, at end insert ("and prices shall be geared to costs.") 
     Page 3, line 24, leave out ("20") and insert ("10") 
  
Clause 7
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD NORTHBROOK
 
     Page 4, line 36, leave out ("£1") and insert ("50 pence") 
     Page 4, line 38, leave out ("350") and insert ("150") 
     Page 5, line 47, at end insert--
    ("(q)  the conveyance and delivery of election addresses")
 
     Page 7, line 20, at end insert--
    (""election addresses" means a communication provided for by section 91 of the Representation of the People Act 1983,")
 
  
Clause 13
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD NORTHBROOK
 
     Page 9, line 17, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Licence fees paid pursuant to subsection (2) shall be applied only for the purposes of enabling the Commission to perform its duties under sections 11 to 14 of this Act.")
 
     Page 9, line 17, at end insert--
 
    ("(2A)  Every licence granted for the provision of a universal postal service shall contain an express provision prohibiting the licencee from imposing any condition (save as provided in subsection (2B) on the addressee of mail and in particular (without limiting the effect of this subsection)--
    (a)  requiring the addressee to provide a receptacle for the receipt of mail anywhere other than at the main door of the building to which the mail is addressed; and
    (b)  in the case of a building in multiple occupation, requiring the installation of individual postal boxes in the lobby or elsewhere.
    (2B)  Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (2A) a licencee shall be entitled to impose reasonable conditions on the manner and place of delivery where there is any hazard to the postal worker required to make the delivery.")
 
  
BY THE LORD SAINSBURY OF TURVILLE
 
     Page 9, line 26, after ("lie") insert ("or, in Scotland, be competent") 
  
Clause 15
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD NORTHBROOK
 
     Page 10, line 21, after ("may") insert ("at any time, and at least once every three years after the last such reference, shall") 
     Page 10, line 24, leave out (", which are specified in the reference and") 
     Page 10, line 32, after ("reference") insert ("other than an automatic triennial reference made under subsection (1)") 
  
Clause 38
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD NORTHBROOK
 
     Page 25, line 30, at end insert ("including that person's commercial interests") 
     Page 25, line 30, at end insert ("and if a person objects to entry of anything in the register, he may appeal to the Secretary of State who may direct the Commission not to enter it,") 
     Page 25, line 30, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  If a person objects to entry of anything in the register, he may appeal to the Secretary of State who may direct the Commission not to enter it or to delete it.")
 
     Page 25, line 44, at end insert ("or free of charge via a continuously available internet site") 
  
Clause 44
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD NORTHBROOK
 
     Page 28, line 35, after ("States") insert ("of the European Community") 
     Page 28, line 37, after ("States") insert ("of the European Community") 
  
BY THE LORD HOWIE OF TROON
 
     Page 28, line 37, at end insert ("including comparitive information on the efficiency and economy of the provision of such services") 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD NORTHBROOK
 
     Page 28, line 37, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In performing its duty under subsection (1)(a) the Commission shall compare annually the efficiency and economy in the provision of postal services by licence holders with the provision (in the United Kingdom and so far as practical, in other member States of the European Community and elsewhere) of other postal services and delivery services.")
 
  
Clause 45
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD NORTHBROOK
 
     Page 29, line 23, at end insert--
    ("(  )  a report on the findings which arise from the performance of the Commission of its duties under section 44(1)(a),")
 
  
Clause 47
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD NORTHBROOK
 
     Page 30, line 20, leave out ("any person") and insert ("the Council, a universal service provider or any licence holder under Part II who is not a universal service provider") 
     Page 30, line 25, leave out ("any person who carries on any business") and insert ("a universal service provider or any licence holder under Part II who is not a universal service provider") 
  
Clause 52
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD NORTHBROOK
 
     Page 33, line 24, leave out paragraph (d) 
  
Clause 54
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD NORTHBROOK
 
     Page 34, line 28, at end insert--
    (  )  a committee for England,")
 
     Page 34, line 32, after ("within") insert ("England,") 
     Page 34, line 33, leave out from ("Ireland") to end of line 35 
     Page 34, line 43, at end insert--
 
    ("(7)  The Council shall maintain a continuously available internet site at which users of relevant postal services may obtain information without charge.")
 
  
Schedule 3
 
  
BY THE LORD SAINSBURY OF TURVILLE
 
     Page 79, line 31, at end insert-- 
 ("Welfare funds 
     .--(1) This paragraph applies to--
    (a)  a fund (whether described as a welfare fund, benevolent fund, mutual aid fund or otherwise) whose objects consist in, or include, the provision of benefits in case of need, sickness or distress for Post Office beneficiaries, and
    (b)  a society or organisation (however described) whose objects are similar.
    (2)  In sub-paragraph (1) "Post Office beneficiaries" means any or all of the following persons--
    (a)  persons who are, or have been, engaged in the business of the Post Office,
    (b)  the relatives or dependants of such persons.
    (3)  The provisions of the trust deed, rules, regulations or other instrument constituting or regulating a fund, society or organisation to which this paragraph applies may, by resolution of the managers of the fund, society or organisation, be altered as mentioned in sub-paragraph (4).
 
    (4)  The provisions may be altered so as--
    (a)  to permit persons who are, or have been, engaged in the business of the Post Office company, or such persons of a particular description, to become members of, or subscribers to, the fund, society or organisation,
    (b)  to entitle such persons, or such persons of a particular description, and persons claiming in right of them, to receive benefits from the fund, society or organisation (subject to any terms and conditions specified in the resolution) if, and to the extent that, they would be entitled to receive benefits from it if being engaged in the business of the Post Office company were being engaged in the business of the Post Office.
    (5)  No alteration may be made that alters the character of the fund, society or organisation.
 
    (6)  If a resolution of the managers of a fund, society or organisation to which this paragraph applies so provides--
    (a)  any references in the trust deed, rules, regulations or other instrument constituting or regulating the fund, society or organisation to the Post Office shall be construed as references (or, if the context so requires, as including references) to the Post Office company, and
    (b)  any references in that instrument to persons engaged in the business of the Post Office or persons of a particular description so engaged shall be construed as references (or, if the context so requires, as including references) to persons engaged in the business of the Post Office company or (as the case may be) persons of a corresponding description so engaged.
    (7)  In this paragraph "managers" in relation to a fund, society or organisation, means the trustees, committee or other persons entrusted with its management.")
 
  
Clause 68
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD NORTHBROOK
 
     Page 42, line 32, after ("rates") insert ("(being not less than the commercial rates generally payable in the financial markets at the time of making the loans)") 
  
Clause 71
 
  
BY THE LORD DEARING
 
     Page 44, line 33, leave out paragraph (f) 
  
Schedule 4
 
  
BY THE LORD SAINSBURY OF TURVILLE
 
     Page 82, line 5, at end insert-- 
 ("Value added tax 
     . The Post Office company shall, on and after the appointed day, be treated for all purposes of value added tax as if it were the same person as the Post Office.") 
  
Clause 83
 
  
BY THE LORD SAINSBURY OF TURVILLE
[In substitution for the amendment printed on sheet HL Bill 57(c)]
 
     Page 49, line 39, at end insert--
 
    ("(1A)  Subsection (1) does not apply to the delaying or opening of a postal packet or the opening of a mail-bag under the authority of--
    (a)  this Act or any other enactment (including, in particular, in pursuance of a warrant issued under any other enactment), or
    (b)  any directly applicable Community provision.
    (1B)  Subsection (1) does not apply to the delaying or opening of a postal packet in accordance with any terms and conditions applicable to its transmission by post.
 
    (1C)  Subsection (1) does not apply to the delaying of a postal packet as a result of industrial action in contemplation or furtherance of a trade dispute.
 
     (1D)  In subsection (1C) "trade dispute" has the meaning given by section 244 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 or Article 127 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1995; and the reference to industrial action shall be construed in accordance with that Act or (as the case may be) that Order.")1992 c. 52.
S.I. 1995/1980 (N.I.12).
 
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