Tuesday, 29 June 2004
Dáil Eireann Debate
75. Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if his attention has been drawn to recent reports that An Post is set to apply to ComReg for a 14.5% increase in the price of a stamp in an attempt to cut crippling losses at the company; when he expects that ComReg will make a decision on the application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19209/04]
Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. D. Ahern): I understand that An Post has applied for a price increase to the Commission for Communications Regulation. Under the European Communities (Postal Services) Regulations 2002, ComReg is the designated independent body responsible for pricing policy in the postal sector with regard to the universal service segment of the postal market. I have no function in any consideration of this matter nor on the timing of any decision by ComReg.
However, I have made it clear to An Post that having secured substantial price increases in the past, the company should refocus its efforts on providing quality services to customers which is part of its universal service obligations.
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