HC Deb 19 March 2002 vol 382 c246W
Dr. Cable

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what evaluation she has made of the feasibility of(a) auctioning and (b) charging a fee for licences for new post operators. [43628]

Mr. Alexander

Under the Postal Services Act 2000 the licensing of postal operators is a matter for the Postal Services Commission (known as Postcomm).

The legislation says that Postcomm has the power to require an application for a licence to be accompanied by such reasonable application fee as it may determine. Postcomm does not have the power under the Postal Services Act to charge a fee for licences or to auction them.

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