HC Deb 01 February 1971 vol 810 cc253-4W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the effect of the Post Office strike on trade, industry and industrial production and output; and what action he has taken, or intends taking, to offset these difficulties.

Mr. Ridley

No estimate is possible. Much of industry and trade appears to be little affected. The Government has authorised the Post Office to waive its monopoly for postal services to enable industry and commerce to make their own arrangements to offset difficulties caused by the strike.

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