TISC PN04 0506

TRADE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE OFFICE     HOUSE OF COMMONS   
7 MILLBANK     LONDON SW1P 3JA

Telephone: 020 7219 5777/5779

PN 4 of Session 2005-06

PRESS NOTICE: NEW INQUIRY

Royal Mail after liberalisation

The Trade and Industry Committee today announced its intention to conduct an inquiry into the liberalisation of the UK postal service market following Postcomm's announcement of its intention to completely remove Royal Mail's monopoly on 1 January 2006.

During the course of its inquiry the Committee will consider issues such as:

•The impact of liberalisation of the postal service market on the quality of postal services;

•The thinking behind Postcomm's decision to open up the UK market before the rest of Europe and the ability of Royal Mail to compete in the open market;

•Postcomm's proposals for the future of postage prices in the UK, including the proposed methodologies for setting postage prices;

•The continuance of Royal Mail's universal postage service obligations.

The Committee would welcome written evidence on these or any related issues by Friday 30 September 2005. Details of oral evidence hearings will be announced shortly after that date.

If possible, written evidence should take the form of a memorandum with numbered paragraphs and should be submitted, as a MS Word document, by e-mail to [email protected] with a single hard copy sent to the Clerk at the address above. For further information please contact the Committee Office on 020 7219 5777/ 5779.

21 July 2005

ENDS