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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part 1 Restructuring of Royal Mail group

    1. Removal of existing statutory restrictions on ownership

      1. 1.Removal of restrictions on ownership of Royal Mail Holdings plc etc

    2. Ownership of the Royal Mail

      1. 2.Report on decision to dispose of shares in a Royal Mail company etc

      2. 3.Employee share scheme

    3. Ownership of the Post Office

      1. 4.Restrictions on issue and transfer of shares and share rights in a Post Office company etc

      2. 5.Report on transfer of interest in a Post Office company to a relevant mutual

      3. 6.Meaning of “Post Office company”

      4. 7.Meaning of “relevant mutual”

    4. Transfer of property etc

      1. 8.Transfer schemes

      2. 9.Transfer of employees otherwise than under transfer scheme

      3. 10.Taxation provisions relating to re-structuring

    5. Supplementary provisions

      1. 11.Annual report on post office network

      2. 12.Annual report on postal museum collection and archive

      3. 13.Directions

    6. Interpretation

      1. 14.Ownership of companies

      2. 15.Part 1: general interpretation

  3. Part 2 Royal Mail Pension Plan

    1. Introduction

      1. 16.Introduction

    2. Powers exercisable

      1. 17.Transfer of qualifying accrued rights to new public scheme

      2. 18.Division of the RMPP into different sections

      3. 19.Amendments of the RMPP

      4. 20.Protection against adverse treatment

      5. 21.Transfer of assets of the RMPP

      6. 22.Restriction on power to transfer assets

    3. Supplementary provisions

      1. 23.Taxation

      2. 24.Information

      3. 25.Orders and regulations

      4. 26.Interpretation of Part 2

  4. Part 3 Regulation of postal services

    1. Postal services

      1. 27.Postal services, postal packets and postal operators

      2. 28.General authorisation to provide postal services

    2. The universal postal service

      1. 29.Duty to secure provision of universal postal service

      2. 30.The universal postal service

      3. 31.Minimum requirements

      4. 32.Section 31: definitions

      5. 33.Exceptions to minimum requirements

      6. 34.Review of minimum requirements

    3. Universal service providers

      1. 35.Designation of universal service providers

      2. 36.Designated USP conditions

      3. 37.Publication of information about performance

      4. 38.USP access conditions

      5. 39.USP accounting conditions

    4. Persons providing services within scope of universal postal service

      1. 40.Services within scope of the universal postal service

      2. 41.Notification condition

      3. 42.General universal service conditions

      4. 43.Recovery of administrative charges incurred by OFCOM

    5. Financial support for universal postal service

      1. 44.Review of costs of universal service obligations

      2. 45.Fairness of bearing burden of universal service obligations

      3. 46.Contributions for meeting burden

      4. 47.Report on sharing mechanism

    6. Postal operators generally

      1. 48.Notification by postal operators

      2. 49.Essential conditions

      3. 50.General access conditions

      4. 51.Consumer protection conditions

      5. 52.Provision that may be made by consumer protection conditions

    7. General provisions

      1. 53.Imposition, modification or revocation of regulatory conditions

      2. 54.Enforcement of regulatory requirements

      3. 55.Information

      4. 56.General restriction on disclosure of information

    8. Appeals

      1. 57.Decisions by OFCOM to impose regulatory conditions, penalties etc

      2. 58.Appeals from the CAT

      3. 59.Price control decisions

      4. 60.Section 59: supplementary

    9. Supplementary and consequential provisions

      1. 61.Duties in relation to social and environmental matters

      2. 62.UK postage stamps bearing image of Her Majesty

      3. 63.Orders, schemes and regulations made by OFCOM

      4. 64.Abolition of Postal Services Commission etc

      5. 65.Interpretation of Part 3 etc

      6. 66.Transitional provisions for Part 3

      7. 67.Review of Part 3

  5. Part 4 Special administration regime

    1. Postal administration orders

      1. 68.Postal administration orders

      2. 69.Objective of a postal administration

      3. 70.Applications for postal administration orders

      4. 71.Powers of court

      5. 72.Postal administrators

      6. 73.Conduct of administration, transfer schemes etc

    2. Restrictions on other insolvency procedures

      1. 74.Winding-up orders

      2. 75.Voluntary winding up

      3. 76.Making of ordinary administration orders

      4. 77.Administrator appointments by creditors etc

      5. 78.Enforcement of security

    3. Financial support for companies in administration

      1. 79.Grants and loans

      2. 80.Indemnities

      3. 81.Guarantees where postal administration order is made

    4. Modifications of regulatory conditions etc

      1. 82.Regulatory powers exercisable during postal administration

      2. 83.Regulatory conditions to secure funding of postal administration order

    5. Supplementary provisions

      1. 84.Modification of Part 4 under Enterprise Act 2002

      2. 85.Interpretation of Part 4

      3. 86.Partnerships

      4. 87.Northern Ireland

      5. 88.Review of Part 4

  6. Part 5 General

    1. 89.Orders and regulations made by Ministers of Crown

    2. 90.Minor definitions

    3. 91.Minor and consequential amendments

    4. 92.Financial provisions

    5. 93.Short title, commencement and extent

  7. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Transfer schemes

      1. Introduction

        1. 1.In this Schedule— “transfer scheme” means a transfer scheme under...

      2. Identification of property etc to be transferred

        1. 2.(1) A transfer scheme may identify the property, rights and...

      3. Property, rights and liabilities that may be transferred

        1. 3.(1) A transfer scheme may transfer— (a) property situated in...

      4. Dividing and modifying transferor's property, rights and liabilities

        1. 4.(1) A transfer scheme may contain provision—

      5. Obligation to effect transfers etc

        1. 5.(1) A transfer scheme may impose on a transferee or...

      6. Effect of transfer scheme: general

        1. 6.(1) At the time specified in the scheme—

      7. Effect of transfer scheme on right to terminate or modify interest etc

        1. 7.(1) This paragraph applies where a person would otherwise be...

      8. Supplementary provisions of schemes

        1. 8.(1) A transfer scheme may— (a) contain incidental, supplementary, consequential,...

        2. 9.(1) A transfer scheme may provide, in relation to transfers...

        3. 10.(1) A transfer scheme may contain provision about—

        4. 11.(1) A transfer scheme may contain provision for and in...

        5. 12.A transfer scheme may make provision for disputes as to...

        6. 13.(1) This paragraph applies if, in consequence of a transfer...

      9. Proof of title by certificate

        1. 14.A certificate issued by the Secretary of State to the...

      10. Staff

        1. 15.The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 apply...

        2. 16.If an employee of the transferor becomes an employee of...

      11. Modification of scheme

        1. 17.(1) If— (a) before the end of the period of...

      12. Disapplication of certain company law provisions etc

        1. 18.Nothing in— (a) Part 23 of the Companies Act 2006...

        2. 19.For the purposes of any enactment none of the following...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Taxation provisions relating to re-structuring etc

      1. Transfer of securities of subsidiaries of original holding company to Crown etc

        1. 1.(1) This paragraph applies where— (a) there is a disposal...

        2. 2.(1) This paragraph applies where— (a) paragraph 1(3) has applied...

      2. Transfers of property, rights and liabilities by transfer schemes

        1. 3.In paragraphs 4 to 6— a “relevant transfer” means a...

        2. 4.For the purposes of the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act...

        3. 5.For the purposes of Chapter 4 of Part 5 of...

        4. 6.(1) For the purposes of Part 8 of the Corporation...

      3. Transfers of securities of original holding company or its subsidiaries

        1. 7.(1) This paragraph applies where— (a) there is a disposal...

        2. 8.(1) This paragraph applies where— (a) paragraph 7 has applied...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Further provision about access conditions

      1. Part 1 Provision that may be made by access conditions

        1. Introduction

          1. 1.Access conditions imposed on a person may include provision of...

        2. Terms of access

          1. 2.An access condition imposed on a person may include provision—...

        3. Price controls etc.

          1. 3.(1) An access condition imposed on a person may include...

          2. 4.An access condition may include provision requiring the application of...

          3. 5.(1) If an access condition imposes rules on any person...

        4. Arrangements for provision of services by others

          1. 6.(1) This paragraph applies if— (a) services are provided to...

        5. Separation for accounting purposes

          1. 7.An access condition requiring a separation for accounting purposes between...

        6. Restriction on use of information obtained in connection with giving access

          1. 8.An access condition imposed on a person may include provision...

        7. Periods for compliance

          1. 9.An access condition imposed on a person may include provision...

        8. Dealing with requests for access

          1. 10.An access condition imposed on a person may include provision...

        9. Non-discrimination

          1. 11.An access condition imposed on a person may include provision...

        10. Transparency

          1. 12.An access condition imposed on a person may include provision...

      2. Part 2 Resolution of access disputes by OFCOM

        1. Reference of disputes to OFCOM

          1. 13.(1) Any one or more parties to an access dispute...

        2. OFCOM to decide whether to handle dispute

          1. 14.(1) This paragraph applies where a dispute has been referred...

        3. Resolution of disputes by OFCOM

          1. 15.(1) This paragraph applies if OFCOM have decided under paragraph...

        4. Resolution of disputes: OFCOM's powers

          1. 16.(1) The powers that may be exercised by OFCOM, on...

        5. Resolution of disputes: procedure

          1. 17.(1) The procedure for the consideration and determination of a...

        6. Reference not to affect legal proceedings or OFCOM's powers

          1. 18.(1) A reference under paragraph 13 of a dispute does...

        7. Information

          1. 19.(1) This paragraph applies where a dispute has been referred...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Recovery of administrative charges incurred by OFCOM

      1. Fixing of charges

        1. 1.(1) If, at any time in a charging year, a...

      2. Meaning of OFCOM's postal services functions

        1. 2.(1) For the purposes of paragraph 1 OFCOM's postal services...

      3. Procedure for fixing of charges

        1. 3.(1) The way in which a charge is to be...

      4. Notification of non-payment of charges

        1. 4.(1) OFCOM may bring proceedings for the recovery from a...

        2. 5.(1) A notification under paragraph 4— (a) may be given...

      5. Penalties for non-payment of charges

        1. 6.(1) This paragraph applies if— (a) a person has been...

      6. Suspending service provision for non-payment

        1. 7.(1) OFCOM may give a direction under this paragraph to...

        2. 8.(1) Unless it provides otherwise, a direction under paragraph 7...

      7. Enforcement of directions under paragraph 7

        1. 9.(1) A person commits an offence if the person provides...

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      Approval of redress schemes

      1. Approval of redress schemes

        1. 1.(1) In deciding whether to approve a redress scheme, OFCOM...

      2. Approval of redress schemes: supplementary

        1. 2.(1) An application for approval of a redress scheme must...

      3. Procedure for refusing or withdrawing approval

        1. 3.(1) Before refusing or withdrawing their approval of a redress...

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      Imposition, modification or revocation of regulatory conditions

      1. General test for imposing or modifying regulatory conditions

        1. 1.OFCOM may impose or modify a regulatory condition only if...

      2. Provision which may be contained in regulatory conditions

        1. 2.(1) The power of OFCOM to impose a regulatory condition...

      3. Procedure for imposing, modifying or revoking conditions

        1. 3.(1) The way in which a regulatory condition is to...

      4. Directions and approvals for purposes of conditions

        1. 4.(1) This paragraph applies if— (a) a regulatory condition has...

      5. Delivery of copies of notifications etc.

        1. 5.(1) The relevant person must send to the Secretary of...

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      Enforcement of regulatory requirements

      1. Introduction

        1. 1.(1) This Schedule makes provision for the enforcement of regulatory...

      2. Notification of contravention of regulatory requirements

        1. 2.(1) OFCOM may give a person a notification under this...

        2. 3.(1) A notification under paragraph 2— (a) may be given...

        3. 4.OFCOM may not give a notification under paragraph 2 in...

      3. Enforcement notification for contravention of regulatory requirements

        1. 5.(1) This paragraph applies if— (a) a person has been...

      4. Penalties for contravention of regulatory requirements

        1. 6.(1) This paragraph applies (in addition to paragraph 5) if—...

        2. 7.(1) The amount of a penalty imposed under paragraph 6...

      5. Power to deal with urgent cases

        1. 8.(1) This paragraph applies if OFCOM determine—

        2. 9.(1) Unless it provides otherwise, a direction under paragraph 8...

        3. 10.(1) As soon as reasonably practicable after giving a direction...

      6. Suspending service provision for contravention of regulatory requirements

        1. 11.(1) OFCOM may give a direction under this paragraph to...

        2. 12.(1) Unless it provides otherwise, a direction under paragraph 11...

        3. 13.(1) OFCOM are not to give a direction under paragraph...

        4. 14.(1) In an urgent case, OFCOM must, as soon as...

      7. Enforcement of directions under paragraph 8 or 11

        1. 15.(1) A person commits an offence if the person provides...

      8. Civil liability for breach of regulatory requirements etc.

        1. 16.(1) The duty of a person to comply with—

    8. SCHEDULE 8

      Information provisions

      1. Part 1 Requirements to provide information to OFCOM

        1. Information required for purposes of OFCOM's functions in relation to postal services

          1. 1.(1) OFCOM may require a person falling within sub-paragraph (2)...

        2. Restrictions on imposing requirements in case of conditions of general application

          1. 2.(1) This paragraph limits the circumstances in which OFCOM may...

        3. Information required for related purposes

          1. 3.(1) OFCOM may require— (a) a postal operator, or

        4. Manner in which information may be required

          1. 4.(1) A person required to provide information under paragraph 1...

      2. Part 2 Enforcement

        1. Notification of contravention of information requirements

          1. 5.(1) OFCOM may give a person a notification under this...

          2. 6.(1) A notification under paragraph 5— (a) may be given...

        2. Penalties for contravention of information requirements

          1. 7.(1) This paragraph applies if— (a) a person has been...

        3. Suspending service provision for contravention of information requirements

          1. 8.(1) OFCOM may give a direction under this paragraph to...

          2. 9.(1) Unless it provides otherwise, a direction under paragraph 8...

          3. 10.(1) OFCOM are not to give a direction under paragraph...

          4. 11.(1) In an urgent case, OFCOM must, as soon as...

        4. Enforcement of directions under paragraph 8

          1. 12.(1) A person commits an offence if the person provides...

        5. Offences in connection with information requirements

          1. 13.(1) A person who fails to provide information in accordance...

      3. Part 3 Supplementary provisions

        1. Statement of policy on information gathering

          1. 14.(1) OFCOM must prepare and publish a statement of their...

        2. Provision of information by OFCOM

          1. 15.(1) OFCOM must comply with a request made by a...

    9. SCHEDULE 9

      Transitional provisions for Part 3

      1. Introduction

        1. 1.In this Schedule— “the appointed day” means the day appointed...

      2. The universal postal service

        1. 2.(1) Until the first universal postal service order under section...

      3. Provisional designation of universal service providers

        1. 3.(1) OFCOM may before the appointed day designate provisionally, with...

      4. Regulatory conditions applicable as from appointed day

        1. 4.(1) OFCOM must determine before the end of the transitional...

        2. 5.(1) This paragraph applies to licence conditions—

        3. 6.(1) If OFCOM modify the initial conditions, they may not...

      5. Recovery of administrative charges incurred by OFCOM

        1. 7.(1) This paragraph applies in relation to the first charging...

      6. Power to extend operation of time-limited licence condition

        1. 8.(1) This paragraph applies if it appears to the Secretary...

      7. Anticipatory exercise of powers

        1. 9.(1) During the transitional period the provisions of Part 3...

        2. 10.The provisions of Part 3 also come into force at...

        3. 11.(1) The provisions of section 55 and Schedule 8 (information)...

      8. Reliance by OFCOM on work done by Postcomm

        1. 12.In carrying out any of their functions under Part 3...

      9. Consultation on exercise of existing regulatory functions

        1. 13.During the transitional period Postcomm must consult OFCOM before taking...

      10. Enforcement action by Postcomm etc

        1. 14.(1) This paragraph applies to a contravention of a condition...

        2. 15.(1) This paragraph applies if, at any time on or...

      11. References to universal service provider

        1. 16.References in this Schedule to the universal service provider, in...

      12. Saving

        1. 17.Nothing in this Schedule is to be read as impliedly...

    10. SCHEDULE 10

      Conduct of postal administration

      1. Part 1 Modifications of Schedule B1 to 1986 Act

        1. Introductory

          1. 1.Paragraphs 1, 40 to 50, 54, 59 to 68, 70...

        2. General modifications of the applicable provisions

          1. 2.Those paragraphs are to have effect as if—

        3. Specific modifications

          1. 3.Paragraph 1 (administration) is to have effect as if—

          2. 4.Paragraph 40 (dismissal of pending winding-up petition) is to have...

          3. 5.Paragraph 42 (moratorium on insolvency proceedings) is to have effect...

          4. 6.Paragraph 44 (interim moratorium) is to have effect as if...

          5. 7.Paragraph 46(6) (date for notifying administrator's appointment) is to have...

          6. 8.Paragraph 49 (administrator's proposals) is to have effect as if—...

          7. 9.Paragraph 54 is to have effect as if the following...

          8. 10.Paragraph 60 (powers of an administrator) is to have effect...

          9. 11.Paragraph 68 (management duties of an administrator) is to have...

          10. 12.Paragraph 71(3)(b) (charged property: non-floating charge) is to have effect...

          11. 13.Paragraph 72(3)(b) (hire-purchase property) is to have effect as if...

          12. 14.Paragraph 73(3) (protection for secured or preferential creditor) is to...

          13. 15.Paragraph 74 (challenge to administrator's conduct) is to have effect...

          14. 16.Paragraph 75(2) (misfeasance) is to have effect as if after...

          15. 17.Paragraph 79 (end of administration) is to have effect as...

          16. 18.Paragraph 83(3) (notice to registrar when moving to voluntary liquidation)...

          17. 19.(1) Paragraph 84 (notice to registrar when moving to dissolution)...

          18. 20.Paragraph 87(2) (resignation of administrator) is to have effect as...

          19. 21.Paragraph 89(2) (administrator ceasing to be qualified) is to have...

          20. 22.Paragraph 90 (filling vacancy in office of administrator) is to...

          21. 23.Paragraph 91 (vacancies in court appointments) is to have effect...

          22. 24.Paragraph 98 (discharge from liability on vacation of office) is...

          23. 25.Paragraph 99 (charges and liabilities upon vacation of office by...

          24. 26.Paragraph 100 (joint and concurrent administrators) is to have effect...

          25. 27.Paragraph 101(3) (joint administrators) is to have effect as if...

          26. 28.Paragraph 103 (appointment of additional administrators) is to have effect...

          27. 29.Paragraph 106(2) (penalties) is to have effect as if paragraphs...

          28. 30.Paragraph 109 (references to extended periods) is to have effect...

          29. 31.Paragraph 111 (interpretation) is to have effect as if—

      2. Part 2 Further modifications of Schedule B1 to 1986 Act: foreign companies

        1. Introductory

          1. 32.(1) This Part of this Schedule applies in the case...

          2. 33.In paragraphs 34 to 39— (a) the provisions of Schedule...

        2. Modifications

          1. 34.In the case of a foreign company—

          2. 35.(1) The applicable provisions and Schedule 1 to the 1986...

          3. 36.Paragraph 41 of Schedule B1 to the 1986 Act (dismissal...

          4. 37.Paragraph 43(6A) of Schedule B1 to the 1986 Act (moratorium...

          5. 38.Paragraph 44(7) of Schedule B1 to the 1986 Act (proceedings...

          6. 39.Paragraph 64 of Schedule B1 to the 1986 Act (general...

      3. Part 3 Other modifications

        1. General modifications

          1. 40.(1) References within sub-paragraph (2) which are contained—

          2. 41.(1) Paragraph 40, in its application to section 1(3) of...

        2. Modifications of 1986 Act

          1. 42.The following provisions of the 1986 Act are to have...

          2. 43.Section 5 (effect of approval of voluntary arrangements) is to...

          3. 44.Section 6 (challenge of decisions in relation to voluntary arrangements)...

          4. 45.In section 129(1A) (commencement of winding up), the reference to...

        3. Power to make further modifications

          1. 46.(1) The Secretary of State may by order amend this...

        4. Interpretation of Part 3 of Schedule

          1. 47.In this Part of this Schedule— “administration order”, “administrator”, “enters...

    11. SCHEDULE 11

      Postal transfer schemes

      1. Application of Schedule

        1. 1.This Schedule applies if— (a) the court has made a...

        2. 2.While the order is in force, the postal administrator is...

      2. Making of postal transfer schemes

        1. 3.(1) The old company may for the purpose of giving...

      3. Approval and modification of scheme by Secretary of State

        1. 4.(1) The Secretary of State may modify a postal transfer...

      4. Identification of property etc to be transferred

        1. 5.(1) A postal transfer scheme may identify the property, rights...

      5. Property, rights and liabilities that may be transferred

        1. 6.(1) A postal transfer scheme may transfer—

      6. Dividing and modifying the old company's property, rights and liabilities

        1. 7.(1) A postal transfer scheme may contain provision—

      7. Transfer of regulatory conditions etc

        1. 8.(1) A postal transfer scheme may contain provision—

      8. Transfer etc of statutory functions

        1. 9.(1) A postal transfer scheme may contain provision—

      9. Effect of postal transfer scheme: general

        1. 10.(1) At the time at which a postal transfer scheme...

      10. Effect of postal transfer scheme on right to terminate or modify interest etc

        1. 11.(1) This paragraph applies where a person would otherwise be...

      11. Supplementary provisions of postal transfer schemes

        1. 12.(1) A postal transfer scheme may— (a) contain incidental, supplementary,...

        2. 13.(1) A postal transfer scheme may provide, in relation to...

        3. 14.(1) A postal transfer scheme may contain provision about—

        4. 15.(1) A postal transfer scheme may contain provision for and...

        5. 16.A postal transfer scheme may make provision for disputes as...

        6. 17.(1) This paragraph applies if, in consequence of a postal...

      12. Proof of title by certificate

        1. 18.A certificate issued by the Secretary of State to the...

      13. Staff

        1. 19.The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 apply...

        2. 20.If an employee of the old company becomes an employee...

      14. Transfers in case of foreign companies

        1. 21.(1) This paragraph applies if the old company is a...

      15. Transfers by two or more postal transfer schemes

        1. 22.(1) This paragraph applies if there are two or more...

    12. SCHEDULE 12

      Minor and consequential amendments

      1. Part 1 Postal Services Act 2000

        1. 1.The Postal Services Act 2000 is amended as follows.

        2. 2.Omit sections 1 and 3 to 5 (introductory).

        3. 3.Omit sections 6 to 41 (licences for postal services).

        4. 4.Omit sections 42 to 50 (the Postal Services Commission).

        5. 5.Omit sections 60 to 61A (the Postal Services Commission and...

        6. 6.In section 62 (transfer of property etc to nominated company),...

        7. 7.For section 63 substitute— Power to direct issue of certain...

        8. 8.(1) Section 64 (government investment in certain securities) is amended...

        9. 9.(1) Section 68 (loans by the Secretary of State to...

        10. 10.(1) Section 69 (guarantees by the Secretary of State for...

        11. 11.(1) Section 70 (extinguishment of certain liabilities) is amended as...

        12. 12.In section 71(1) and (2) (limit on loans and other...

        13. 13.(1) Section 72 (reserves of the Post Office company and...

        14. 14.In section 73 (statutory accounts of the Post Office company),...

        15. 15.(1) Section 74 (further provisions relating to the capital structure...

        16. 16.Omit section 75 (dissolution of the Post Office).

        17. 17.(1) Section 77 (publicity requirements for certain accounts and reports...

        18. 18.(1) Section 78 (information requirements on the Post Office company)...

        19. 19.Omit section 79 (exercise of functions through nominees).

        20. 20.In section 80(1) (shadow directors), for “the Post Office company”...

        21. 21.In section 82(1) (interpretation of Part 4)—

        22. 22.For the heading of Part 6 substitute “ Postal services:...

        23. 23.(1) Section 89 (schemes as to terms and conditions for...

        24. 24.After section 89 insert— Powers of OFCOM in relation to...

        25. 25.(1) Section 90 (exclusion of liability) is amended as follows....

        26. 26.(1) Section 91 (limited liability for registered inland packets) is...

        27. 27.In section 93(2) (power to modify sections 89 to 92...

        28. 28.(1) Section 97 (harbour charges on mail-bags) is amended as...

        29. 29.In section 98 (mail-bags not to be subject to control...

        30. 30.In section 99 (common carriers)— (a) for “universal service provider”...

        31. 31.(1) Section 100 (certain exemptions from postage etc.) is amended...

        32. 32.(1) Section 101 (directions in interests of national security etc)...

        33. 33.(1) Section 102 (power to ensure compliance with the Postal...

        34. 34.In section 104(3) (inviolability of mails)— (a) omit paragraphs (a)...

        35. 35.After section 104 insert— Power to detain packets in respect...

        36. 36.In section 105 (application of customs and excise enactments to...

        37. 37.After section 105 insert— Section 105: limit on handling charges...

        38. 38.(1) Section 111 (exclusion of liability in relation to postal...

        39. 39.(1) Section 112 (schemes in relation to postal and money...

        40. 40.(1) Section 113 (recoupment of losses on wrongly paid money...

        41. 41.(1) Section 114 (special arrangements with other countries or territories)...

        42. 42.(1) Section 116 (the Postcode Address File) is amended as...

        43. 43.Omit section 117 (records of the former Postmaster General's department)....

        44. 44.Omit section 118 (supplementary provisions about the Council).

        45. 45.Omit section 119 (general restriction on disclosure of information).

        46. 46.(1) Section 122 (orders and regulations) is amended as follows....

        47. 47.In section 123 (directions), at the end insert—

        48. 48.In section 124(1) (general financial provision), omit paragraph (a).

        49. 49.(1) Section 125(1) (interpretation) is amended as follows.

        50. 50.Omit section 126 (index).

        51. 51.Omit Schedule 1 (the Postal Services Commission).

        52. 52.(1) Schedule 3 (transfer to the Post Office company: supplementary...

        53. 53.In Schedule 4 (transfer to the Post Office company: tax),...

        54. 54.(1) Schedule 5 (acquisition of land) is amended as follows....

        55. 55.Omit Schedule 7 (disclosure of information).

      2. Part 2 Communications Act 2003

        1. 56.The Communications Act 2003 is amended as follows.

        2. 57.In section 3 (general duties of OFCOM), after subsection (6)...

        3. 58.In section 14 (consumer research), after subsection (6) insert—

        4. 59.(1) Section 16 (consumer consultation) is amended as follows.

        5. 60.(1) Section 22(5) (representation on international and other bodies) is...

        6. 61.(1) Section 26 (publication of information and advice for consumers...

        7. 62.In section 369(1) (matters in relation to which OFCOM have...

        8. 63.(1) Section 370 (OFCOM's functions under Part 4 of the...

        9. 64.(1) Section 371 (OFCOM's functions under Competition Act 1998) is...

        10. 65.In section 394(2) (service of notifications and other documents)—

        11. 66.In section 400(1) (destination of licence fees and penalties), at...

        12. 67.In section 404(4) (criminal liability of company directors etc.)—

        13. 68.(1) Section 405 (general interpretation) is amended as follows.

        14. 69.In Schedule 16, omit paragraph 6 (which made amendments superseded...

        15. 70.In Schedule 17, omit paragraph 162(3) (which made amendments superseded...

      3. Part 3 Other enactments

        1. Commissioners Clauses Act 1847

          1. 71.In section 99 of the Commissioners Clauses Act 1847 (services...

        2. Improvement of Land Act 1864

          1. 72.In section 7 of the Improvement of Land Act 1864...

        3. Bills of Exchange Act 1882

          1. 73.In section 2 of the Bills of Exchange Act 1882...

        4. Congested Districts (Scotland) Act 1897

          1. 74.In section 4(1)(f) of the Congested Districts (Scotland) Act 1897...

        5. Law of Property Act 1925

          1. 75.In section 196(4) of the Law of Property Act 1925...

        6. Execution of Diligence (Scotland) Act 1926

          1. 76.In section 2(2)(e) of the Execution of Diligence (Scotland) Act...

        7. Acquisition of Land (Authorisation Procedure) (Scotland) Act 1947

          1. 77.In section 7(1) of the Acquisition of Land (Authorisation Procedure)...

        8. London County Council (General Powers) Act 1957

          1. 78.In section 89 of the London County Council (General Powers)...

        9. Opencast Coal Act 1958

          1. 79.The Opencast Coal Act 1958 is amended as follows.

          2. 80.In section 51(1) (interpretation), in the definitions of “statutory undertakers”...

          3. 81.In section 52(2) (application to Scotland), in the definitions of...

        10. Public Records Act 1958

          1. 82.(1) Schedule 1 to the Public Records Act 1958 (definition...

          2. 83.(1) A relevant company must consult the Keeper of Public...

          3. 84.(1) The Lord Chancellor may by order amend Schedule 1...

        11. City of London (Various Powers) Act 1967

          1. 85.In section 4 of the City of London (Various Powers)...

        12. Forestry Act 1967

          1. 86.In section 40(2)(e) of the Forestry Act 1967 (descriptions of...

        13. Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967

          1. 87.In Schedule 2 to the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (departments...

        14. National Loans Act 1968

          1. 88.In section 12(5)(a) of the National Loans Act 1968 (Treasury's...

        15. Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1969

          1. 89.In section 9 of the Greater London Council (General Powers)...

        16. Post Office Act 1969

          1. 90.The Post Office Act 1969 is amended as follows.

          2. 91.(1) Section 139 (application to Northern Ireland) is amended as...

          3. 92.(1) Paragraph 93 of Schedule 4 (adaptation of enactments etc)...

        17. Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1970

          1. 93.The Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1970 is amended...

          2. 94.In section 11(6) (miscellaneous amendments), for “the Postal Services Act...

          3. 95.In section 15(6)(b) (licence to erect scaffolding), in the definition...

        18. Pensions (Increase) Act 1971

          1. 96.(1) Schedule 3 to the Pensions (Increase) Act 1971 (further...

        19. Control of Pollution Act 1974

          1. 97.In section 73(1) of the Control of Pollution Act 1974...

        20. Solicitors Act 1974

          1. 98.In paragraph 10(8) of Schedule 1 to the Solicitors Act...

        21. House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975

          1. 99.(1) Schedule 1 to the House of Commons Disqualification Act...

        22. Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975

          1. 100.In Part 3 of Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland...

        23. Welsh Development Agency Act 1975

          1. 101.In section 27(1) of the Welsh Development Agency Act 1975...

        24. Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

          1. 102.In section 44(1) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act...

        25. Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979

          1. 103.In section 61(1) of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas...

        26. Highways Act 1980

          1. 104.In section 329(1) of the Highways Act 1980 (further provision...

        27. Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980

          1. 105.The Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 is amended...

          2. 106.In section 120(3) (compulsory acquisition: exclusion of special parliamentary procedure),...

          3. 107.In section 141(6A) (vesting by order in corporation), for “the...

          4. 108.In section 170(2B) (interpretation: statutory undertakers etc)—

          5. 109.In paragraph 11(7) of Schedule 28 (urban development corporations: land)—...

        28. Acquisition of Land Act 1981

          1. 110.In section 7(1) of the Acquisition of Land Act 1981...

        29. Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981

          1. 111.In section 8(3A) of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981...

        30. Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1981

          1. 112.In section 18 of the Greater London Council (General Powers)...

        31. New Towns Act 1981

          1. 113.In section 80(1) of the New Towns Act 1981 (general...

        32. Civil Aviation Act 1982

          1. 114.In section 105(1) of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 (general...

        33. Mental Health Act 1983

          1. 115.In section 134(9) of the Mental Health Act 1983 (correspondence...

        34. Representation of the People Act 1983

          1. 116.The Representation of the People Act 1983 is amended as...

          2. 117.In section 91(candidate's right to send election address post free)—...

          3. 118.In section 184(2) (service of notices), for “the Postal Services...

          4. 119.In section 200A (remuneration for free postal services provided under...

          5. 120.In section 202(1) (interpretation), in the definition of “universal postal...

          6. 121.In paragraph 51(3) of Schedule 1 (return to the writ),...

        35. Building Act 1984

          1. 122.In section 126 of the Building Act 1984 (general interpretation),...

        36. Administration of Justice Act 1985

          1. 123.In paragraph 10(8) of Schedule 5 to the Administration of...

        37. Insolvency Act 1986

          1. 124.The Insolvency Act 1986 is amended as follows.

          2. 125.In section 371(1) (re-direction of bankrupt's letters etc), for “the...

          3. 126.In paragraph 10(1) of Schedule 2A (exceptions to prohibition on...

        38. Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

          1. 127.In section 338(1) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 (interpretation),...

        39. Housing Act 1988

          1. 128.The Housing Act 1988 is amended as follows.

          2. 129.In section 76(6A) (vesting by order in housing action trust),...

          3. 130.In paragraph 9(7) of Schedule 10 (housing action trusts: land)—...

        40. Local Government Finance Act 1988

          1. 131.In section 43(6D) of the Local Government Finance Act 1988...

        41. Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990

          1. 132.In section 39(6) of the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990...

        42. Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990

          1. 133.In section 91(3B) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation...

        43. Town and Country Planning Act 1990

          1. 134.In section 336(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act...

        44. Coal Mining Subsidence Act 1991

          1. 135.In section 52(1) of the Coal Mining Subsidence Act 1991...

        45. Land Drainage Act 1991

          1. 136.In paragraph 1(1A) of Schedule 6 to the Land Drainage...

        46. Water Industry Act 1991

          1. 137.In paragraph 1(5A) of Schedule 13 to the Water Industry...

        47. Water Resources Act 1991

          1. 138.In paragraph 1(4A) of Schedule 22 to the Water Resources...

        48. Social Security Administration Act 1992

          1. 139.The Social Security Administration Act 1992 is amended as follows....

          2. 140.In section 182A(1) and (5)(b) (return of social security post),...

          3. 141.In section 182B(8) (requirement to supply information about redirection of...

        49. Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992

          1. 142.The Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 is amended...

          2. 143.In section 158A(1) and (5)(b) (return of social security post),...

          3. 144.In section 158B(8) (requirement to supply information about redirection of...

        50. Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992

          1. 145.In section 288(3A) of the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act...

        51. Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995

          1. 146.In section 307(1) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995...

        52. Merchant Shipping Act 1995

          1. 147.In section 30(10) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 (payment...

        53. Local Government and Rating Act 1997

          1. 148.In paragraph 3(4)(a) of Schedule 2 to the Local Government...

        54. Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Scotland) Act 1997

          1. 149.In section 38(5) of the Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Scotland) Act...

        55. Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997

          1. 150.In section 81(3B) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation...

        56. Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997

          1. 151.In section 277(1) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland)...

        57. Competition Act 1998

          1. 152.In paragraph 19A(9) of Schedule 7 to the Competition Act...

        58. Northern Ireland Act 1998

          1. 153.In section 76(7)(g) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (discrimination...

        59. Regional Development Agencies Act 1998

          1. 154.In section 19(8A) of the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998...

        60. Greater London Authority Act 1999

          1. 155.In section 17A(3) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999...

        61. Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

          1. 156.In paragraph 14(1) of Schedule 1 to the Countryside and...

        62. Freedom of Information Act 2000

          1. 157.In Part 6 of Schedule 1 to the Freedom of...

        63. Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000

          1. 158.In paragraph 1(4) of Schedule 12 to the Political Parties,...

        64. Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

          1. 159.The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 is amended as...

          2. 160.In section 82(3) (powers of postal operators not affected by...

          3. 161.In Part 2 of Schedule 1 (relevant authorities for purposes...

        65. Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001

          1. 162.In Schedule 4 to the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act...

        66. Enterprise Act 2002

          1. 163.The Enterprise Act 2002 is amended as follows.

          2. 164.(1) Section 168 (regulated markets) is amended as follows.

          3. 165.In Schedule 9, omit paragraph 14 (which made an amendment...

          4. 166.In Schedule 15 to the Enterprise Act 2002 (information: enactments...

          5. 167.In Schedule 25, omit paragraph 42 (which made an amendment...

        67. Office of Communications Act 2002

          1. 168.In paragraph 12(2) of the Schedule to the Office of...

        68. Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003

          1. 169.In Schedule 2 to the Railways and Transport Safety Act...

        69. Water Act 2003

          1. 170.In Schedule 7 to the Water Act 2003, omit paragraph...

        70. London Local Authorities Act 2004

          1. 171.In section 13(3) of the London Local Authorities Act 2004...

        71. Gambling Act 2005

          1. 172.In Schedule 16 to the Gambling Act 2005, omit paragraph...

        72. Railways Act 2005

          1. 173.In Schedule 12 to the Railways Act 2005, omit paragraph...

        73. Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006

          1. 174.In section 24(5) of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act...

        74. Consumer, Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007

          1. 175.The Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007 is amended...

          2. 176.In the following provisions (which relate to postal services in...

          3. 177.(1) Section 15 (reference of matters to the Postal Services...

          4. 178.In section 16(2) (investigations relating to public post offices), for...

          5. 179.In section 24(9) (provision of information: definitions), in the definition...

          6. 180.(1) Section 25 (enforcement by regulator of section 24 notice)...

          7. 181.In section 29(3)(b) (disclosure of information: application of Part 9...

          8. 182.(1) Section 41 (interpretation of Part 1) is amended as...

          9. 183.In section 42 (interpretation of Part 2), omit the entry...

          10. 184.(1) Section 45 (information with respect to compliance with complaints...

          11. 185.In section 52, omit subsection (4) (which made amendments superseded...

          12. 186.In section 60(10) (orders and regulations: meaning of “regulator”), omit...

          13. 187.In section 65 (extent), omit subsections (4) and (5).

          14. 188.Omit the following provisions (which made amendments superseded by this...

        75. Legal Services Act 2007

          1. 189.In paragraph 11(9) of Schedule 14 to the Legal Services...

        76. London Local Authorities Act 2007

          1. 190.In section 75 of the London Local Authorities Act 2007...

        77. Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008

          1. 191.(1) Section 73 of the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act...

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