HC Deb 10 June 2004 vol 422 c564W
Michael Fabricant

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the refusal by some postal workers to deliver election literature from(a) the British National Party and (b) other political parties. [176719]

Mr. Timms

Royal Mail has legal obligations, under the Representation of People Act 2000, to deliver election material from any properly nominated candidate, so long as the material is legal. Royal Mail recognises that staff may have strong feelings about the delivery of some election mailings. The company has always tried to have a flexible approach, so if an individual feels that they are unable to deliver the material because of personal circumstances or beliefs, or where an individual believes that delivery of a particular item may incur personal risk, then alternative arrangements will be made.

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