HL Deb 08 March 2004 vol 658 c144WA
Lord Greaves

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have discussed with the Post Office ways of preventing postal delivery workers delivering party election material (other than election freepost items) while wearing their Post Office uniform; and, if not, whether they consider it desirable that this should happen. [HL1559]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville)

This is an operational matter for the Royal Mail. I understand that Royal Mail's code of business standards sets out that employees should not distribute or deliver unauthorised material while on duty or in uniform. Unauthorised material would include party election material that Royal Mail has not been officially asked to deliver or has not been posted through its system. Failure to comply with the code of business standards could result in disciplinary action being taken against the employee.