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Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 10:40 am on 15th September 2016.

23 Sep 2016, 18:24

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/ ... .2#g1048.7

Jo Stevens Shadow Minister (Justice), Shadow Solicitor General
Today, postal workers across the UK are taking industrial action to protect their jobs, their pensions and our post offices. The Post Office has received £2 billion of public money over the past seven years. May we have a debate about why that money has not been spent on new services, securing the future of our post offices and protecting decent jobs?

David Lidington Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
I regret the fact that there is industrial action, because all that will do is inconvenience customers and make it more likely that those customers will look elsewhere for the delivery of parcels and for communicating messages, rather than using Post Office services. The Post Office has indeed been given taxpayers’ money to enable it to make the difficult transformation to a world that relies increasingly on electronic and digital communications and in which there are other competitors for things such as parcel delivery. In general, this has to be a matter of commercial judgment for the Post Office management.

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