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The Postal Services Commission, known as Postcomm is a UK government regulator, charged with overseeing the quality and universal service of post in the United Kingdom. It was established by the Postal Services Act 2000.

Most of Postcomm's role involves regulating Royal Mail Ltd (which does letter delivery, and guarantees a universal postal service) and its two subsidiaries, Post Office Ltd and Parcelforce. Postcomm is also charged with the licensing of the UK's postal operators. Its 'sister' organisation, Postwatch, the independent watchdog of postal services, is to be merged with the incoming 'Consumer Focus' in late 2008.

In May 2008, Postcomm called for the part-privatisation of Royal Mail to safeguard the universal service[1].

Statutory basis

The authority for PostComm is found in the Postal Services Act 2000, s.1 and Sch.1.

1 The Postal Services Commission

(1) There shall be a body corporate to be known as the Postal Services Commission (in this Act referred to as “the Commission”).

(2) The functions of the Commission shall be performed on behalf of the Crown.

(3) Schedule 1 (which makes further provision about the Commission) shall have effect.

(4) The body which, immediately before the coming into force of this subsection, was known as the Postal Services Commission and was designated in accordance with Article 22 of the Postal Services Directive as a national regulatory authority for the postal sector in the United Kingdom is hereby abolished.


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