Postal Services Bill — New Clause 2 — Minimum 10 Year Agreement With Post Office Limited Required before Royal Mail Sale — 12 Jan 2011 at 16:45

The majority of MPs voted against requiring a ten year, or more, agreement between Post Office Limited and Royal Mail be put in place before the sale or transfer of Royal Mail or any other post office company.

MPs were considering the Postal Services Bill[1]. The following proposed new clause was rejected in this division:

  • Prior to any sale or transfer of a post office company an agreement must be secured to guarantee the inter-business agreement between Post Office Limited and Royal Mail for a period of at least 10 years

During the debate MP Bob Russell who proposed the new clause explained[2]:

  • The relationship between Royal Mail and Post Office Ltd is governed by the inter-business agreement, or IBA, which sets out in detail the commercial relationship between the two companies. Typically it will include the goods and services that Royal Mail offers exclusively-or not-through the post office network.

As this new clause adds a condition to the sale of Royal Mail, a vote in favour of it, is a vote against, albeit not strongly against, privatisation of Royal Mail. MPs who strongly wanted to privatise Royal Mail would not impose conditions.


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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con269 (+1 tell) 3089.2%
DUP0 6075.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent0 10100.0%
Lab0 228088.7%
LDem39 (+1 tell) 1 (+1 tell)073.7%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 2066.7%
SNP0 5 (+1 tell)0100.0%
Total:308 250087.5%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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Brian BinleyNorthampton SouthCon (front bench)aye
Philip HolloboneKetteringCon (front bench)aye
Martin VickersCleethorpesConaye
Bob RussellColchesterLDem (front bench)tellaye
John ThursoCaithness, Sutherland and Easter RossLDem (front bench)aye

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