9 March 2005


Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the survey being carried out by watchdog group Postwatch Scotland into the postal service.

The MSP, who is campaigning with SNP colleague Alex Salmond MP to secure the future of the Post Office and Royal Mail, is encouraging constituents to respond to the survey.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“Our local postmen and postwomen do a tremendous job. I have visited all the Royal Mail Sorting Offices in Banff & Buchan in my time as MSP and I never fail to be impressed with the commitment shown by postal workers, and the sheer volumes that they deal with day on day.

“Recent policy decisions by the Labour Government have put the future of the Post Office and Royal Mail – two of our most cherished and valuable services – under threat.

“Post Offices are having to face up to a loss of footfall as the Government persuades people to get their pensions and benefits paid direct to their bank accounts, in spite of the fact that most villages in Banff & Buchan still have a Post Office but the banks have in the main retreated to the towns.

“Now, the postal regulator has decided to end Royal mail’s monopoly of the letters and small packets market the Postwatch survey and sending out a strong message.”

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