Postal Services Act 2000

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Postal Services Act 2000
Long title An Act to establish the Postal Services Commission and the Consumer Council for Postal Services; to provide for the licensing of certain postal services and for a universal postal service; to provide for the vesting of the property, rights and liabilities of the Post Office in a company nominated by the Secretary of State and for the subsequent dissolution of the Post Office; to make further provision in relation to postal services; and for connected purposes.
Citation 2000 c. 26
Territorial extent England and Wales, Scotland
Royal assent 28 July 2000
Commencement 2000
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Status: Current legislation
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The Postal Services Act 2000 (c.26) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, relating to the postal industry. It established an industry regulator, Postcomm (s.1), a consumer watchdog, Postwatch (s.2), required a "universal service" of post to be provided (ss.3-4) and set up rules for licensing postal services operators (ss.6-41). It also converted the public branch of the postal industry, the Post Office, from a statutory corporation to a public limited company, wholly owned by the government.


Second Reading of the Bill, and debate, introduced by Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Stephen Byers.

Parliamentary Undersecretary Alan Johnson summed up the Bill before the House divided.


The Postal Services Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/2107)

The Postal Services (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 ( SI 2002/3050), r.8

s.11 Allows PostComm to grant licences that would otherwise contravene s.6(1), the general prohibition on conveying a letter from one place to another. s.7 (amended by the 2002 Regulations) stated that s.6(1) would not be contravened by carrying letters under £1 value.


Postal Services Act 2000 (Commencement No. 5) Order 2007 S.I. 2007/1181

Postal Packets (Revenue and Customs) Regulations 2007 S.I. 2007/2195

See also[edit]


  1. ^ House of Commons Debates, 15 Feb 2000 : Column 803-4