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Postal Services Act 2011

Government Bill

Originated in the House of Commons, Session 2010-12

Last updated: 10 November 2011 at 15:29

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Long title

Make provision for the restructuring of the Royal Mail group and about the Royal Mail Pension Plan; to make new provision about the regulation of postal services, including provision for a special administration regime; and for connected purposes.


The Bill's provisions are divided into four main parts.

  • Part 1 provides for the restructuring of Royal Mail, including the introduction of private sector capital and expertise from the sale of up to 90% of Royal Mail, an employee share scheme and provisions for Post Office Ltd to continue to be owned by the Crown or a mutual ownership structure
  • Part 2 deals with the Royal Mail’s pension deficit by transferring the historic liabilities of the scheme to the Government
  • Part 3 makes provisions for the regulatory arrangements for postal services through the transfer of powers from Postcomm to Ofcom
  • Part 4 contains provisions for a “special administrative regime” should the universal postal service be at risk from the provider entering insolvency proceedings

Sponsoring departments

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Vince Cable
Liberal Democrat, Twickenham
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Baroness Wilcox
Conservative, Life peer

Current version of the Bill

Postal Services Act 2011 c.5
13 June 2011

Bill passage

Bill started in the House of Commons
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Bill in the House of Lords
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Final stages
Consideration of amendments
Royal Assent
In progress
Not applicable
Not yet reached