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. 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:
- 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.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Postal Services Bill (now the Postal Services Act)
-  Bob Russell MP, (Colchester, Liberal Democrat), House of Commons, 12 January 2011
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.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||269 (+1 tell)||3||0||89.2%|
|LDem||39 (+1 tell)||1 (+1 tell)||0||73.7%|
|SNP||0||5 (+1 tell)||0||100.0%|
|John Thurso||Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross||LDem (front bench)||aye|
|Bob Russell||Colchester||LDem (front bench)||tellaye|
|Philip Hollobone||Kettering||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Brian Binley||Northampton South||Con||aye|