CONSULTATION: Call for Evidence on Royal Mail privatisation

The House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee has issued a call for evidence to inform its inquiry into the Government's proposal to privatise Royal Mail.

The proposed privatisation of Royal Mail was first legislated for in the 2011 Postal Services Act. In April 2012 the Government split the Royal Mail into two companies: Royal Mail, which carries out the delivery of postal services, and the Post Office Ltd, which runs the Post Office shops and counters service. The privatisation proposal applies only to Royal Mail, not to the Post Office, and the Government says that the universal postal service will be safeguarded.

However, Trades Unions and campaigners fear that the proposal will lead to the eventual closure of more Post Office branches, even if the Post Office itself is not privatised, and will jeopardise the universal postal service, see prices rise and lead to job losses.

The Government has now published its proposals for the sale of shares in Royal Mail in a report presented to Parliament (see below) in July 2013. The BIS Select Committee has called for evidence to inform its inquiry into this report. The deadline for submissions is Friday 30 August.

To make a submission or to find out more about the Select Committee inquiry, follow this link to visit the inquiry page on the Parliament website.

RAY's umbrella organisation, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), have submitted evidence to the inquiry which stresses the importance of preserving the letter and parcel delivery service in rural areas in order to keep rural communities and businesses viable; states that the Post Office network must be protected and indeed expanded in rural areas to bring vital services to isolated communities; and points out that of the 16 million people in the UK who are not IT literate, a disproportionate number live in rural areas and a letter and parcel delivery service is particularly important to this group. You can download the full ACRE submission using the link below.

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