Legal advice sought or received in relation to Down Stream Access

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Dear Postal Services Commission,

In allowing Royal Mail postmen to carry competitors' mail through Down Stream Access (DSA) what legal advice did Postcomm seek or receive ,if any, regarding the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and any potential breach of this Charter.

Yours faithfully,


Alison Farncombe, Postal Services Commission

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Dear Mr. Stanley

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. We did not seek or
receive any legal advice regarding the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in
relation to downstream access. However, as with all our decisions we
consulted and took a wide range of views into account before making our

By way of background the first access agreement was negotiated between
Royal Mail and UK Mail in 2004. Royal Mail handled 6.4 billion items in
2009-10 through access agreements, which makes up about a third of Royal
Mail's inland addressed mail. If there is anything else you need please
do not hesitate to contact me on this email address. I have attached an
explanation of access that you may find useful.

I hope you find this information useful however if you are unhappy with
the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make
a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to
Postcomm's Director of Resources, Colin Sharples. The contact address is
Postal Services Commission, Hercules House, Hercules Road, London, SE1
7DB; email: [1][Postcomm request email]

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
Information Commissioner's Office cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted the complaints procedure provided by Postcomm. The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at the Information Commissioner's Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Kind Regards,

Alison Farncombe

Alison Farncombe

Postcomm - the independent regulator for postal services

Hercules House

6 Hercules Road



T: +44 (0)20 7593 2100

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