Sunday Express - Sun 16 Dec 2001 - Page 2

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Consignia warn of 'drastic measures' in investment row Post office home deliveries ‘at risk’

fragmentation of the nationallyowned Royal Mail system. Dr Vincent Cable, the Liberal Democrats trade and industry spokesman, says that in secret talks with Consignia bosses he was told "everything is on the table" if the company's finances fail to improve. That figure was later downgraded but Dr Cable said: "When you talk seriously to their senior executives they realise they are in a dire position." He added: "There is now a serious threat to basic services such as house-tohouse delivery, the uniform tariff across the UK and the network of sub-post offices.

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