HC Deb 09 December 1999 vol 340 c613W
Mr. Gapes

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the future of international postal services. [100553]

Mr. Alan Johnson

With increased globalisation, the international market in postal services is forecast to grow much faster than domestic markets. Success in these areas will depend on ability to develop and sustain high quality, competitively priced products and services in response to changing and fast-moving customer demand, developments in new technology and ever-increasing competition. That is why this Government have made it a priority to give the Post Office the greater commercial freedom it needs to be a world-class service provider in the twenty first century.