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(1)The Post Office company shall not issue postal or money orders otherwise than in accordance with a scheme under this section.
(2)The Post Office company may make a scheme under this section in relation to—
(a)the issue by it of postal or money orders,
(b)other services provided by it in connection with postal or money orders (whether orders issued by it or otherwise).
(3)A scheme under this section is a scheme for determining any or all of the following (so far as not otherwise agreed)—
(a)the charges which are to be imposed in respect of the services concerned,
(b)the other terms and conditions which are to be applicable to the services concerned, and
(c)procedures for dealing with the complaints of persons who use the services concerned.
(4)A scheme under this section may, in particular—
(a)adopt such system for the determination of the charges and other terms and conditions as the Post Office company considers appropriate (including determining them itself subject to any conditions and limitations provided for in the scheme),
(b)provide for the non-payment by the Post Office company after the end of a specified period, except on satisfaction of specified conditions, of a postal or money order issued by that company or a foreign postal administration,
(c)specify the manner in which, time and place at which and person by whom the charges are to be paid.
(5)No provision may be made in any scheme under this section—
(a)for limiting the liability of the Post Office company for loss or damage, or
(b)for amending the rules of law relating to evidence.
(6)A scheme under this section shall come into force on such day as is specified in the scheme; but no day earlier than the day after that on which the scheme has been published in the London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes shall be so specified.
(7)A scheme under this section may—
(a)make different provision for different cases or classes of case determined by, or in accordance with, the provisions of the scheme,
(b)modify any previous scheme made under this section.
(8)Any charge payable by virtue of this section may be recovered by the Post Office company and in England and Wales and Northern Ireland may be so recovered as a civil debt due to it.
(9)The production of a copy of any of the Gazettes mentioned in subsection (6) which purports to contain a scheme under this section shall be conclusive evidence in all legal proceedings of that scheme.
(10)The Secretary of State may by order modify this section.
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