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Postal Services Bill

 
 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Department for Business, Innovation

and Skills, are published separately as HL Bill 38—EN.

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Baroness Wilcox has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the

Human Rights Act 1998:

In my view the provisions of the Postal Services Bill are compatible with the

Convention rights.

 

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Postal Services Bill

 

 
 

Contents

Part 1

Restructuring of Royal Mail group

Removal of existing statutory restrictions on ownership

1   

Removal of restrictions on ownership of Royal Mail Holdings plc etc

Ownership of the Royal Mail

2   

Report on decision to dispose of shares in a Royal Mail company etc

3   

Employee share scheme

Ownership of the Post Office

4   

Restrictions on issue and transfer of shares and share rights in a Post Office
company etc

5   

Report on transfer of interest in a Post Office company to a relevant mutual

6   

Meaning of “Post Office company”

7   

Meaning of “relevant mutual”

Transfer of property etc

8   

Transfer schemes

9   

Transfer of employees otherwise than under transfer scheme

10   

Taxation provisions relating to re-structuring

Supplementary provisions

11   

Annual report on post office network

12   

Directions

Interpretation

13   

Ownership of companies

14   

Part 1: general interpretation

 

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Part 2

Royal Mail Pension Plan

Introduction

15   

Introduction

Powers exercisable

16   

Transfer of qualifying accrued rights to new public scheme

17   

Division of the RMPP into different sections

18   

Amendments of the RMPP

19   

Protection against adverse treatment

20   

Transfer of assets of the RMPP

21   

Restriction on power to transfer assets

Supplementary provisions

22   

Taxation

23   

Information

24   

Orders and regulations

25   

Interpretation of Part 2

Part 3

Regulation of postal services

Postal services

26   

Postal services, postal packets and postal operators

27   

General authorisation to provide postal services

The universal postal service

28   

Duty to secure provision of universal postal service

29   

The universal postal service

30   

Minimum requirements

31   

Section 30: definitions

32   

Exceptions to minimum requirements

33   

Review of minimum requirements

Universal service providers

34   

Designation of universal service providers

35   

Designated USP conditions

36   

Publication of information about performance

37   

USP access conditions

38   

USP accounting conditions

Persons providing services within scope of universal postal service

39   

Services within scope of the universal postal service

40   

General universal service conditions

 
 

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41   

Recovery of administrative charges incurred by OFCOM

Financial support for universal postal service

42   

Review of costs of universal service obligations

43   

Fairness of bearing burden of universal service obligations

44   

Contributions for meeting burden

45   

Report on sharing mechanism

Postal operators generally

46   

Notification by postal operators

47   

Essential conditions

48   

General access conditions

49   

Consumer protection conditions

50   

Provision that may be made by consumer protection conditions

General provisions

51   

Imposition, modification or revocation of regulatory conditions

52   

Enforcement of regulatory requirements

53   

Information

54   

General restriction on disclosure of information

Appeals

55   

Decisions by OFCOM to impose regulatory conditions, penalties etc

56   

Appeals from the CAT

57   

Price control decisions

58   

Section 57: supplementary

Supplementary and consequential provisions

59   

Duties in relation to social and environmental matters

60   

UK postage stamps bearing image of Her Majesty

61   

Orders, schemes and regulations made by OFCOM

62   

Abolition of Postal Services Commission etc

63   

Interpretation of Part 3 etc

64   

Transitional provisions for Part 3

65   

Review of Part 3

Part 4

Special administration regime

Postal administration orders

66   

Postal administration orders

67   

Objective of a postal administration

68   

Applications for postal administration orders

69   

Powers of court

70   

Postal administrators

71   

Conduct of administration, transfer schemes etc

 
 

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Restrictions on other insolvency procedures

72   

Winding-up orders

73   

Voluntary winding up

74   

Making of ordinary administration orders

75   

Administrator appointments by creditors etc

76   

Enforcement of security

Financial support for companies in administration

77   

Grants and loans

78   

Indemnities

79   

Guarantees where postal administration order is made

Modifications of regulatory conditions etc

80   

Regulatory powers exercisable during postal administration

81   

Regulatory conditions to secure funding of postal administration order

Supplementary provisions

82   

Modification of Part 4 under Enterprise Act 2002

83   

Interpretation of Part 4

84   

Partnerships

85   

Northern Ireland

86   

Review of Part 4

Part 5

General

87   

Orders and regulations made by Ministers of Crown

88   

Minor definitions

89   

Minor and consequential amendments

90   

Financial provisions

91   

Short title, commencement and extent

Schedule 1   —   

Transfer schemes

Schedule 2   —   

Taxation provisions relating to re-structuring etc

Schedule 3   —   

Further provision about access conditions

Part 1   —   

Provision that may be made by access conditions

Part 2   —   

Resolution of access disputes by OFCOM

Schedule 4   —   

Recovery of administrative charges incurred by OFCOM

Schedule 5   —   

Approval of redress schemes

Schedule 6   —   

Imposition, modification or revocation of regulatory

conditions

Schedule 7   —   

Enforcement of regulatory requirements

Schedule 8   —   

Information provisions

Part 1   —   

Requirements to provide information to OFCOM

Part 2   —   

Enforcement

Part 3   —   

Supplementary provisions

 
 

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Schedule 9   —   

Transitional provisions for Part 3

Schedule 10   —   

Conduct of postal administration

Part 1   —   

Modifications of Schedule B1 to 1986 Act

Part 2   —   

Further modifications of Schedule B1 to 1986 Act: foreign

companies

Part 3   —   

Other modifications

Schedule 11   —   

Postal transfer schemes

Schedule 12   —   

Minor and consequential amendments

Part 1   —   

Postal Services Act 2000

Part 2   —   

Communications Act 2003

Part 3   —   

Other enactments

 
 

 
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