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Amendments to be debated in the House of Lords

Here you can browse the Supplement (a) to the Marshalled List of Amendments to the Postal Services Bill to be moved on Report in the House of Lords.

  
Clause 5
 
  
BY THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD SKELMERSDALE
 
4A*     Page 3, line 37, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Commission shall exercise its functions in the manner which it considers best calculated to ensure the maintenance of a network of rural post offices at a level comparable with that which existed on the day on which this Act was passed.
 
    (  )  In this section, a rural post office means a post office serving a community of not less than 7,500 people.")
 
  
Clause 65
 
  
BY THE LORD CLARKE OF HAMPSTEAD
 
17A*     Leave out Clause 65 
  
After Clause 77
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BYFORD
THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
THE LORD NORTHBROOK
 
20A*     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  Within not less than six months and not more than one year of the commencement of this Act the Secretary of State shall lay before both Houses of Parliament a report into the operation of sub-post offices and rural post offices in the United Kingdom.
 
    (2)  The report will, among other issues, cover the following subjects--
    (a)  the number and location of sub-post offices;
    (b)  the number of such offices as have closed or been opened in the preceding year, or in the period since the previous report under this section, whichever shall be less;
    (c)  the numbers employed, or working self-employed in such offices;
    (d)  an assessment of the reasons for the closure of such offices should they have taken place;
    (e)  what action the Secretary of State has taken, and proposes to take, to limit such closures;
    (f)  the effect of government policies, including the means of delivering social security benefits, on sub-post offices in the preceding year.
    (3)  The report will examine particularly the condition of rural post offices and will cover, among other subjects--
    (a)  the number and location of rural post offices;
    (b)  the number of such offices as have closed or been opened in the preceding year, or in the period since the previous report under this section, whichever shall be less;
    (c)  the numbers employed, or working self-employed in such offices;
    (d)  the nature of other services provided in rural post offices, including the supply of food and goods;
    (e)  the number of rural post offices which serve as the only shop or point of sale for food and goods in a village, other than farm shops;
    (f)  an assessment of the reasons for the closure of such offices should they have taken place;
    (g)  what action the Secretary of State has taken, and proposes to take, to limit such closures;
    (h)  the effect of government policies, including the means of delivering social security benefits, on rural post offices in the preceding year.
    (4)  In compiling the report required by this section the Secretary of State shall consult such persons as he shall see fit, including--
    (a)  the appropriate district and parish councils;
    (b)  the Women's Institute;
    (c)  the Council for the Protection of Rural England;
    (d)  the National Association of Sub Postmasters and Sub Postmistresses
    (5)  After laying a report before Parliament in pursuance of subsection (1) the Secretary of State shall subsequently lay a report annually before each House of Parliament; and the other provisions of this section apply to a report under this subsection as they apply to a report under subsection (1).
 
    (6)  Where a report by the Secretary of State sets out proposals to take any action to limit the closures of sub-post offices and rural post offices no such action may be taken unless each House of Parliament has approved the proposals by resolution.
 
    (7)  For the purposes of subsection (3) above "rural" means post offices serving villages or towns outside Greater London or the Metropolitan Counties with a population of no more than 20,000 people.")
Operation of sub-post offices and rural post offices review etc.
 
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