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Postal services in the United Kingdom

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Postal services in the United Kingdom

Postal services in the United Kingdom are provided predominantly by the Royal Mail (which delivers letters) and Post Office Ltd (which oversees post offices). Since 2006, the market has been fully opened to competition which has thrived in business to business delivery, but not in ordinary letter delivery.

The industry is regulated by Ofcom and consumer interests are represented by Consumer Focus. Since 1 October 2011, the main piece of legislation is the Postal Services Act 2011, although some parts of the Postal Services Act 2000 are still in force. The 2011 Act enables the government to privatise Royal Mail and to possibly mutualise Post Office Ltd.


  • History 1
  • Law 2
  • Industry 3
  • References 4
  • See also 5


The quality of postal services in the 17th and 18th centuries improved with development of better roads and means of transportation.[1]

Anthony Trollope is credited with major contributions to the development of postal services in the years 1851-1867, described, e.g. in Chapters 8 and 13 of his autobiography.[2]

  • Post Office Ltd, separated from Royal Mail as a new business in 1986
  • Parcelforce, separated as a new division within Royal Mail in 1986




  1. ^ by William Lewins, published by Sampson, Low and Martin in 1864.Her Majesty's mails: an historical and descriptive account of the British Post Office
  2. ^ Trollope, Anthony (1883). .An Autobiography Chapter 2. Retrieved 2010-07-02.

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